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Big disruptions ahead for key L.A.-Orange County freeway interchange

December 12, 2010 | 11:08 am

Motorists entering one of the busiest gateways between Los Angeles and Orange counties will be hit hard over the next three years by a $277-million freeway project that requires a series of road closures, including one of the main portals to a veterans' hospital and a major state university.

The work will be done in two segments, and lane and street closures are to be sequenced to minimize some of the traffic impacts.

When completed in 2014, the so-called West County Connector project built by the Orange County Transportation Authority will create a seamless link between carpool lanes and ease rush-hour bottlenecks on the 405, 22 and 605 freeways.

Until then, construction will disrupt traffic on surface streets and three highways where cars and trucks make more than 327,000 trips a day.

Read more: "Major construction ahead on 405, 22 and 605 freeways."

-- Dan Weikel