On Aug. 3, Metro and Caltrans began the scoping process for a key project funded by Measure M: ExpressLanes on the I-405 freeway through the Sepulveda Pass.
The purpose of the project is to convert the existing high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to dynamically-priced, high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, also called ExpressLanes, in the southbound and northbound directions of the I-405 freeway, between I-10 and US-101 freeways.
Scoping is the first step in the legally required state and federal environmental study process (called CEQA for the state and NEPA on the federal side). The idea of scoping is to identify the purpose and goals of a project, outline project alternatives and determine what should be studied as part of the environmental studies. The project’s Notice of Preparation, as part of the Scoping Process, is now available.