Irvine plans to spend $116 million to ease traffic congestion

IRVINE – The city is ready to spend more than $116 million toward solving a problem that’s at the forefront of many residents’ minds: Traffic congestion.

According to a survey conducted by the city, about 60 percent of the respondents said traffic congestion is a “daily annoyance” or a “big problem.”

“It’s probably the No. 1 issue that faces our community today,” Councilwoman Christina Shea said during Monday’s meeting, where the council received updates from staff on traffic improvement projects.

More than half of the survey respondents blamed increasing population as the No. 1 cause of Irvine’s traffic congestion. Irvine also draws commuters and those who drive here for shopping and dining.

The City Council has directed staff to implement the following measures by no later than June 30, 2017:

• Protected/permissive left-turn phasing –…

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