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OCTA Awards $28.7 Million to Improve Orange County Streets

Cities throughout Orange County will receive more than $28 million in OC Go transportation funds to help ease traffic by improving streets and synchronizing traffic lights. OC Go, also known as Measure M, is the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

OCTA awarded funding for nine projects that will improve and widen busy streets and intersections, totaling $20.2 million.

Three additional projects will receive funding to synchronize traffic signals to ensure drivers hit the most green lights during peak traffic hours. That funding totals $8.5 million.

“I’m proud that OCTA, even in the challenging times of a pandemic, is continuing to enhance Orange County’s transportation network and providing the funding necessary to keep Orange County moving,” said OCTA Chairman Andrew Do, also the county’s First District Supervisor. “Providing the funds for these projects is another great example of how OCTA partners with cities to put local sales tax dollars to good use, and to keep our promises to voters.”

Since OC Go was renewed by voters in 2006, more than $456 million in competitive funding has been awarded to make Orange County streets and roads better. That amount includes external funding leveraged by OC Go funds.

Cities receiving funding for the most recent round of projects include Santa Ana (three projects), Yorba Linda (two projects), Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, and the County of Orange.

Cities receiving funds for traffic signal synchronization include Irvine, Lake Forest and Santa Ana.