Costa Mesa to break ground on massive repair project

Costa Mesa officials are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony next week for what's being called the largest street-improvement project in city history.

The groundbreaking is from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at 300 Paularino Ave., between Red Hill and Airway avenues.

It will recognize the $6.2-million Airport Area Improvement Project, which will resurface about 2.6 million square feet of streets in Costa Mesa's upper northeast corner, near John Wayne Airport. The area is bounded on the west by the 55 Freeway; on the south by Masters Circle, a residential street; on the north by Airport Loop Drive; and on the east by Airway Avenue.

The project will also repair sidewalks, curbs, gutters and driveways.

Tax revenue from gasoline purchases, Measure M transportation money and a $900,000 grant are funding the project, scheduled by done by March.

For more information, contact Alfa Lopez with the Public Services Department at (714) 754-5024 or email

—Bradley Zint

Twitter: @bradleyzint

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