As Newport Beach plans for residential development to the east of John Wayne Airport, the city has launched a number of road construction projects in the area.
One major project that broke ground in June is the widening of the Jamboree Road bridge over the 73 Freeway.
Commuters in the area may drive more freely in coming years, as the city works to avoid projected congestion. Newport Beach approved about 1,500 condos or apartments just north of there, and developers continue to build out the Jamboree Road Corridor in Irvine.
"Traffic flow remains a high priority for the city," said Leslie Daigle, the councilwoman who represents the area. "The bridge is a significant capacity improvement."
The $6-million bridge project was cleared after the city settled an eminent domain case with the owner of the Back Bay Court shopping center earlier this year. To add a southbound lane approaching the bridge, the city had to buy about 0.13 acres of land on the edge of the strip center at Bristol Street and Jamboree.