CSUF News Service
June 11, 2014
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is working to improve traffic flow and safety on area streets by building a series of bridges — both underpasses and overpasses — to separate car traffic from trains, thereby saving commuters and commercial vehicles time.
One such project, beginning this month, will close the vehicle undercrossing at the intersection of State College Boulevard and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway.
Beginning in early 2015, portions of State College Boulevard will be closed, and drivers will be detoured to Acacia Avenue, which will be restriped temporarily into a four-lane roadway. While the section of State College that borders the campus will not be closed, the closure will affect motorists exiting the 91/Riverside Freeway onto State College.
Also in June, the OCTA and the city of Fullerton will construct a vehicle undercrossing at the intersection of Raymond Avenue and BNSF. The roadway will be lowered between Santa Fe to the north and Ash Avenue to the south. During construction, traffic will be directed to a temporary roadway west of the current Raymond Avenue. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2018.
The OCTA's $630 million OC Bridges project involves seven crossings in Fullerton, Anaheim, Placentia and Yorba Linda. Work is being scheduled so that adjacent crossings are not closed to drivers at the same time and to minimize the effects of construction on the community.
CSUF will continue to provide updates as construction projects begin.
Readers also may visit www.ocbridges.com for more information on the projects and updates.