The extension of the 57 freeway has long been talked about. The
highway currently ends at the Garden Grove (22) Freeway near the
infamous Orange Crush, where both of those freeways interlock with
the Santa Ana (5) Freeway and cause a clogged up mess at most hours
of the day.
The idea is that extending the 57 would lighten the load on the 55
and make the Orange Crush a little less squeezed.
But extending the 57 all the way to Pacific Coast Highway, most
likely down the path of the Santa Ana River, would disrupt myriad
homes and business in Santa Ana, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa and
Costa Mesa officials are on record as opposing such an expansion
but say they would be amenable to talks of extending the highway to
the San Diego (405) Freeway.
And to top it off, there is also talk that Costa Mesa city
officials would like to see the 55 extend from its current ending at
That's a powder keg we think city officials should stay far away
The hue and cry from Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach to the
north and Newport Beach to the south would be deafening.
It just doesn't seem worth the effort.
Further, extending the 57 to a route similar to the 55 hardly
makes much financial or even congestion-relieving sense.
Instead, we suggest there must be better ideas out there, and
that's exactly what Orange County Transportation Authority officials
are looking for, along with more money to implement those ideas.
So put on your thinking cap and get those ideas rolling. The
future of transportation and the end of gridlock could rest on your
To get involved log on to http://www.octa.net.