Orange County Lawmakers vote to expand the 405 freeway by adding lanes, not toll roads. The new lanes will run in both directions of the freeway covering the stretch between Seal Beach and Costa Mesa. Vikki Vargas reports from Westminster for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2013.
Legislation to stop toll lanes on the 405 Freeway was introduced Monday just hours before the Orange County Transportation Authority voted not to move forward with the project.
Directors on the board voted against the toll lanes, but voted 11-4 for adding one free lane in each direction of the freeway from Seal Beach to Costa Mesa.
An assemblyman, mayors and city council members from areas along the nearly 15-mile stretch of freeway introduced legislation that would block further plans of a toll lane
The lane, if voted for, would have replaced the carpool lane in each direction.
Republican assemblyman Allan Mansoor of Costa Mesa, along with mayors from Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and Los Alamitos, met Monday morning to show their distaste for the proposed toll lanes.
"They do not want them today," Mansoor said of drivers and residents who would have been affected by the lanes. "They do not want them further down the road."
Transportation officials previously said the additional revenue from the toll lanes would have raised millions of dollars for other improvement projects. The agency now has to figure out how it will pay for the free lanes, which is expected to cost around $700 million.
Construction is set to begin in 2015.
Any further plans to discuss the toll lanes were pushed until 2020.