The California Department of Transportation and the Orange County Transportation Authority will host the first of four public meetings Monday in Costa Mesa to discuss the possible widening of the San Diego (405) Freeway, a project that could stretch into the city limits.
Monday's meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Orange Coast College Student Center, 2701 Fairview Road.
The public will get a chance to learn about the proposed widening options and comment on the draft environmental impact report available online. To date, the most attractive option for OCTA officials appears to be the third choice, which would widen the 405 between the San Gabriel (605) Freeway and the Corona del Mar (73) Freeway.
That option costs hundreds of millions of dollars more than the other two, which limit the widening to west of Costa Mesa, but also opens one of the county and state's few extra funding options because it offers a possible toll road.
Costa Mesa city officials have staunchly opposed the project, but acknowledge much of it is out of their hands. OCTA officials earlier this month said widening the freeway inside Costa Mesa wouldn't require demolishing any homes or seizing entire properties.
Comments on the EIR can be submitted to Smita Deshpande of Caltrans at 2201 Dupont Drive, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92612.
All the meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Their date and locations are as follows:
June 6: Westminster Community Services Facility, 8200 Westminster Ave., Westminster.
June 7: Rush Park Auditorium, 3021 Blume Drive, Rossmoor.
June 14: Fountain Valley Senior Center, 17967 Bushard St., Fountain Valley.