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OCTA seeks public input on transforming Beach Boulevard

The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans are seeking public input on how to best improve the Beach Boulevard corridor between the cities of La Habra and Huntington Beach.

OCTA is holding a series of community events and an online survey through May 31 to gather input about existing conditions and to seek opinions about potential improvements such as enhanced pedestrian and bicycle paths, public transit options and improved signal synchronization.

Beach Boulevard is a major traffic corridor at the western edge of Orange County that runs about 21 miles between La Habra and the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach. The boulevard includes major shopping and entertainment destinations, including Knott’s Berry Farm, Adventure City, Westridge Plaza, and Bella Terra shopping center.

People who travel Beach Boulevard for work, school or entertainment and those who live near the street are encouraged to take a brief online survey on how they think the corridor could be improved for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

The survey is available online at www.beach-survey.com.

The survey considers potential enhancements to transit such as bus-only lanes, expanded bus-service hours and additional transit options. It also considers potential infrastructure solutions such as widening the street, adding turn lanes, limiting the number of driveways, or adding pedestrian bridges.

Several community events are scheduled to seek public input:

  • 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, West Anaheim Youth Center, 320 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92804
  • Noon – 3 p.m. on Saturday May 18, Bella Tera (next to REI), 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647.

The information will be used to help OCTA and Caltrans form the Beach Boulevard Corridor Study, which will be provided to local agencies along Beach Boulevard to guide local planning initiatives.

The ultimate goal is to support future development to provide a seamless transportation corridor from Whittier Boulevard in La Habra to the coast.

For more information on the study, visit www.octa.net/BeachStudy.

This article was released by the Orange County Transportation Authority.