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I-405 Improvement Project

There’s no question that traffic can be a nightmare running down I-405 in Orange County. In response to the growing congestion and traffic concerns, OCTA is busy making changes to the highway in order to reduce the gridlock while also increasing resident safety. The I-405 improvement project is ambitious, spanning 16 miles and costing nearly $2 billion. While the widening project may ease traffic concerns, the property and business owners located along the freeway fear losing their properties or businesses through eminent domain proceedings.

Project Details

Several years ago, the government approved the widening of a 16-mile stretch of the I-405 in Orange County. The improvement project runs between State Route 73 and Interstate 605. The expansion project will add one regular lane in each direction in addition to one express lane each way. In total, the project will widen the freeway by four lanes. OCTA has completed its environmental studies and begun construction. In the process of the expansion, it has also been in talks with property owners to acquire and/or condemn property interests located with the proposed right of way for construction and/or use of the I-405 expansion project.

What You Need To Know

The government has already begun eminent domain proceedings against property and business owners along the I-405 improvement project. The fifth amendment allows the government to take land from its rightful owner only if that owner is justly compensated and the community would benefit from the use of the land. The definition of what is just to a property owner can differ greatly from the government’s definition. Though there are laws that allow the government to pursue such proceedings, you are not alone in these proceedings. Our eminent domain lawyers in Irvine, California, are here to help you through the process and ensure you get the full and fair value for your property and/or business interests.

What Are Your Rights

Under California law, you have the right to fair market value for any property or business interest involved in an eminent domain process. You also have the right to hire an attorney to defend your rights. At Palmieri, Hennessey & Leifer, LLP, we work with property and business owners to make sure their rights are heard and protected. At our firm, we give each case we take on our full attention. Our team has worked on over 2,000 eminent domain cases and knows what it takes to win. If you received notice that your property and/or business will be part of the I-405 improvement process or are worried your property or business may be at risk, we’re here to help. Contact our office at 949-652-2622 for a free consultation.