BY MARIE EKBERG PADILLA / CONTRIBUTING WRITER ~ OC Register
Published: Aug. 21, 2014 Updated: 12:07 p.m.
The six-member Ladera Ranch Civic Council voted unanimously Monday in support of a left-turn lane along O’Neill Parkway.
The county is responsible for building the left-turn lane out of the water park along O’Neill Parkway to ease traffic congestion around Oso Grande Elementary.
The council added that it would like the $70,000 project started as soon as possible but wanted to restrict the construction company to work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to cause the least disruption of traffic.
During the three-week construction period, traffic in both directions on O’Neill Parkway near the water park would be restricted but still open in both lanes and the water park’s parking lot will be open to use, said county traffic engineer Isaac Alonso Rice, who presented the project to the council Monday.
The county will put the project out to bid and expects the process to take about four to five months before construction could start, Rice said.
The project, which was spearheaded by Councilman Jeff Hamilton, has taken 18 months to get to the point of a proposed design solution, Hamilton said.
“This is a safety issue, trying to keep parents from dropping kids on the street,” he said.