Councilmember O’Donnell and Others Seek to Protect Long Beach From Costs Associated With 405 Improvement Project

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Councilmember O’Donnell along with City staff are formulating a strategy to address concerns of the 405 Freeway Improvement Project, including a proposal to require Long Beach to pay for a portion of the project costs. O’Donnell is bringing an item forward at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to ensure Long Beach is protected.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently released a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which calls for Long Beach to pay for a portion of the project.

“We should be clear in our position that we will not be responsible for paying for an Orange County project,” Councilmember O’Donnell said.

The 405 Freeway Improvement Project is a widening effort between the SR-73 and the 605 Freeway, which ends at the border of Orange and Los Angeles Counties. The public has an opportunity to comment on the DEIR at a public hearing, which will be held in Long Beach on July 24th from 6-8pm at Hill Middle School, 1100 Iroquois Avenue. O’Donnell urges the community to attend, speak up and protect the City.

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