The Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA), Project Report, Concept of Operations, and Traffic and Revenue Study for the I-105 ExpressLanes Project will be available for public review and comment on the project website beginning Friday, May 22, 2020, through Monday, July 6, 2020.
The supporting Draft EIR/EA and Project Report technical studies as well as printed copies of the aforementioned reports are available upon request.
The I-105 corridor experiences heavy demand during peak commute hours that exceeds its capacity. As a result, Metro and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are studying the possible implementation of ExpressLanes on the 105 freeway between the 405 and Studebaker Road, which is just east of the 605. The project will also study the 105 west of the 405 to Sepulveda Boulevard to identify potential signage locations and access points into the ExpressLanes.
This corridor traverses the cities of El Segundo, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Los Angeles, Lynwood, South Gate, Paramount, Downey, Norwalk and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, in-person public hearings will not be held in order to maintain social distancing requirements. However, a virtual open house is available (105virtualforum.com) that contains maps, narrated presentations, and other supporting material the public can review. In addition, a live presentation with Q&A will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2020, 6pm and the public can participate via the web or phone. For details, please visit the I-105 Expresslanes Project website at (metro.net/105ExpressLanes) or 105virtualforum.com.
In January 2017, the ExpressLanes Strategic Plan was presented to the Metro Board. The Strategic Plan identified three tiers of ExpressLanes projects, with Tier 1 projects showing the highest potential benefits. Tier 1 projects include the I-105, sections of the I-405 and I-605, and extensions of the existing I-10 and I-110 ExpressLanes. The PSR/PDS and ExpressLanes Strategic Plan can be found in the Reports tab at metro.net/105expresslanes.
Metro and Caltrans began the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment to evaluate the environmental effects of this project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). As part of this effort, Metro hosted public scoping meetings along the corridor in March 2018 to get input from the community on the proposed alternatives and project. Formal public comments were accepted during the scoping period.
Metro encourages the community to stay involved and sign-up to receive project updates. The I-105 ExpressLanes are included in Measure M, the local sales tax passed by Los Angeles County voters in 2016. Measure M provides $175 million for this project.