Next Steps

The two build alternatives that were found to reduce congestion and move the most people will be studied in greater detail in the environmental document. The alternatives that will be studied in the next phase are:

Alternative 1: The No Build alternative is used as a baseline against which the other alternatives can be measured to understand the benefits and impacts of the build alternatives when compared to doing nothing.

Alternative 2: This alternative adds an HOV lane for carpools, vanpools and express bus service in each direction on US 101 from approximately Moorpark Road to near California Street. Alternative 2 would also include adding auxiliary lanes between certain on‐and off‐ramps where they improve the flow of traffic on the freeway.

Alternative 3: This alternative would be very similar to Alternative 2, providing the HOV lane for carpools, vanpools and express bus service on US 101 from Moorpark Road to near California Street. It would also include three design variations that would:

  • Improve constructability on the Conejo Grade,
  • Provide an additional general‐purpose lane across the Santa Clara River bridge by restriping only, requiring no widening of the bridge or construction within the river; and
  • Address an operational issue between the northbound on‐ramp from the Thompson Boulevard/Oak Street intersection and the connector to northbound SR 33 by ending the HOV lane south of California Street.

The next steps include engineering and environmental studies of these three alternatives to help understand their benefits and impacts.

Alternatives 2 and 3 look similar in most areas but have important differences in three locations as described above.

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