Capital Improvement Projects
The Tustin Community Redevelopment Agency uses a portion of the tax increment revenue from its project areas in the maintenance and improvement of the project area's infrastructure. Programs in the following general classifications have been initiated.
Peppertree Park Renovation Project. This project will provide for improvements to existing facilities at Peppertree Park, including construction of new restroom facilities. Construction is scheduled to start in FY 1998-99.
Frontier Park Renovation. The Redevelopment Agency recently participated with other City departments in improving Frontier Park. Work included a reconstruction of physical improvements, addition of new landscaping and creation of a new patio area.
City's Senior Center. The Agency has initiated an improvement program for the City's Senior Center which will be in conjunction with improvements to be done to Peppertree Park.
State Route 55 Ramp Construction Project. The Agency is funding an environmental study, right-of-way acquisition, engineering and construction for the redesign and construction of the ramps at the northbound SR-55 Freeway and Edinger Avenue. The ramps will provide for greater penetration and traffic circulation in the Pacific Center Specific Plan Area and assist in the redevelopment of the area. The total cost for the project is expected to be shared between the Agency and the owner/developers of Pacific Center East specific plan area.
Newport Avenue Extension Project. The project will extend Newport Avenue in two phases south from its existing terminus, under the railroad tracks to Valencia Avenue. Phase I will involve improvements south of Edinger Avenue including realignment of Del Amo Avenue. Phase II involves improvements north of Edinger Avenue and the intersection with Edinger Avenue/Del Amo Avenue. A large portion of the easterly right-of-way has already been obtained through the Shea Homes Development Agreement, and the Agency has obtained property along Edinger Avenue through the purchase and demolition of the Case Swayne warehouse building. This project will be done after the SR-55 Freeway Edinger Avenue ramp redesign project.
Red Hill Avenue Grade Separation Project. This project will be a study to create a grade separation at Red Hill Avenue and railroad right-of-way north of Edinger Avenue.
Sycamore Avenue (McFadden Avenue/SR-55 Freeway interchange). The Redevelopment Agency recently funded the design and construction of a new entryway into the City from the northbound SR-55 Freeway at McFadden Avenue. Work consisted of new storm drain systems, sound walls, entry signage, and landscaping.
Irvine Boulevard Improvements. To correct drainage problems, new storm drains will be installed on Irvine Blvd. between Prospect Avenue and Yorba Street. The scope of work for this project includes preparation of a project report, preparation of plans, specifications and construction of the improvements.
Edinger Avenue Widening. With support from the Redevelopment Agency, Edinger Avenue will be widened between SR-55 Freeway and a point 1400 feet east of Red Hill Avenue. Work will widen the street so that it will be configured to a major arterial "smart street" standards with dual left turn lanes and exclusive right turn lanes. There will be construction/reconstruction of inlets, curb and gutter, raised median, sidewalks traffic signals, street lights and striping. The purpose of the work is to reduce congestion and improve the level of service on the street.
Red Hill Avenue Widening. This project is in the conceptual stage and it will ultimately improve traffic flow in the south part of Tustin. Work is anticipated to include the widening of Red Hill Avenue between Edinger Avenue and Valencia Avenue, adjacent to the Pacific Center East Specific Plan area. Preliminary design of the widening improvements is scheduled to take place in FY2002-03.
Valencia Widening. This project is also in the conceptual stage and will also be a roadway widening project. Valencia Avenue is proposed to be widened between Red Hill Avenue and the SR-55 Freeway. Work is anticipated to include the widening of the street and completion of intersection improvements in the Pacific Center East Specific Plan area.