Peter Naghavi, Costa Mesa’s director of public services, along with staff from the Orange County Transportation Authority are preparing to take bids for a project study on the expansion of the 55 Freeway where it ends on Newport Boulevard.
The report will examine the various proposed solutions and look at the project’s impact on local businesses and residents.
Bidders will be invited to bid on the project study by late March.
Costa Mesa took on the expansion project more than a year ago, as traffic congestion in the area made it impossible to ignore.
“A lot of people think traffic is good for business, but too much traffic and congested traffic is not good for business,” Naghavi said. “If I’m a loyal customer near there and it takes me half an hour to get there every time, I’m going to find another place where there isn’t too much traffic.”