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IRVINE : Widened Route at Base to Open Friday

A widened and straightened Irvine Boulevard through El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, designed to relieve a major bottleneck for commuters, will be opened to traffic Friday.

County and Marine officials will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Irvine Boulevard and Lambert Road.

Orange County Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez and Brig. Gen. Tom Adams will drive the first vehicles along the realigned, 3.5-mile segment.

The $3.6-million project was a cooperative effort with the Marines; 64 pre-World War II housing units were demolished at the El Toro base and 64 new housing units were built for military families at the Tustin Marine helicopter facility nearby.

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The road project was designed to provide an alternate to the heavily congested Santa Ana Freeway.


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