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Press Release Details

Alton Parkway Extension Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Beginning of Construction Project

For Immediate Release
Date: September 9, 2010

Media contacts:
Debbie Kroner, OC Public Works

Debra Rose, City of Lake Forest

LAKE FOREST, CA—The City of Lake Forest and the County of Orange will host a groundbreaking celebration on September 22, 2010 to announce the beginning of construction work on the Alton Parkway Extension project. The groundbreaking festivities will be held at the end of Commercentre Drive west of Bake Parkway from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include a ceremonial groundbreaking, refreshments, and welcome messages from Orange County Board Supervisor Patricia C. Bates and Supervisor Bill Campbell, Lake Forest Mayor Peter Herzog, Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Larry Agran, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Shea Baker Ranch Associates and Ignacio Ochoa, Director of OC Engineering from OC Public Works.

This highly-anticipated project will close the gap in Alton Parkway by constructing a 2.1 mile, divided roadway from Irvine Boulevard in Irvine to Towne Center Drive in the Foothill Ranch community of Lake Forest. The County is responsible for construction of a six-lane divided highway from Irvine Boulevard in Irvine to Commercentre Drive in Lake Forest. The City of Lake Forest will construct a four-lane divided highway from Commercentre Drive to Towne Centre Drive with grading to accommodate a six-lane highway which will be developed later, in conjunction with future private development.

"It is an exciting occasion to be breaking ground on this much anticipated project. Completing Alton Parkway to close the existing gap will create a vital linkage in South Orange County, connecting communities and improving overall regional mobility," said Supervisor Bates. "I would like to thank all the stakeholders that have worked so very hard for so long to move this project forward."

"This groundbreaking ceremony marks the culmination of years of effort to close a 2.1 mile gap in one of Orange County's major arterials. The collaborative effort between the City of Lake Forest and the County of Orange to construct the Alton Parkway extension means that commuters and residents will spend less time on the road and more time with their families," commented Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell.

"This project is the result of an extremely collaborative process, bringing federal, state, county and city interests together," Lake Forest Mayor Peter Herzog said. "This is truly a major step forward and through our partnership with the County of Orange, we will get this project finished."

The 2.1 mile segment of roadway is a component of the 1988 Foothill Circulation Phase Plan (FCPP). The FCPP was developed by the County in partnership with major landowners in southeastern Orange County to ensure the timely completion of regional transportation improvements.

In addition to the City of Lake Forest and the County of Orange, other agencies involved in the project include: the City of Irvine, Shea Baker Ranch Associates, the United States Navy, the Orange County Sheriffs Department and the Irvine Ranch Water District.

Construction costs for the total 2.1 mile extension is approximately $25.7 million. Most of the funding will come from the revenue from nearby development through the Foothill Circulation Phasing Plan (FCPP) Fee Program.

When completed, the roadway in its entirety will serve as a connection between SR-241 and Interstate 5 (I-5) and will improve traffic conditions in these well-traveled areas. Construction is expected to begin late September 2010 and end in fall 2011.