Jeffrey Road bridge plan divides residents
Irvine meeting to address challenges to building span over Jeffrey Road.
By CATHY TRAN
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
IRVINE – Residents will gather Thursday at City Hall to discuss the city's plan to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Jeffrey Road near Irvine Boulevard.
City consultant IBI Group says that the bridge could cost up to $2.3 million.
"There are more limitations (to building the bridge) than we originally expected," said Sun-Sun T. Murillo, city senior transportation analyst.
Those in support say a bridge would allow users to avoid crossing Jeffrey Road, would provide a direct route to the future Great Park and would link the Ventra Spur and Jeffrey Open Space trails. Those opposed say it would allow bridge users to see into their yards, and could make the area unsafe.
Of the 98 comments from last July's public meeting on the bridge: 13 support it, 81 oppose it, and four state no specific opinion.
Hurdles for the bridge include:
• Cost: Estimated between $1.6 million and $2.3 million.
• Safety: A bridge could increase traffic along the Ventra Spur Trail, resulting in more accidents at five gaps in the trail where people are required to cross streets.
• Physical barriers: The Orange County Flood Control facility, Groves Mobile Home Park and a 29-foot wide row of eucalyptus trees would need to be avoided.
Thursday's meeting is at 6 p.m. in Irvine City Hall, at the corner of Alton Parkway and Harvard Avenue.
Contact the writer: Cathy Tran can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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