Pileups on Alton Parkway regularly plague motorists trying to get from central Irvine to the Irvine Spectrum every morning.
But with the long-awaited opening of Barranca Parkway through the village of Oak Creek scheduled for Nov. 19, city officials hope these traffic snarls will become a thing of the past.
The new, $2.75-million leg of Barranca will have two lanes in each direction, connecting Jeffrey Road and Sand Canyon Avenue. It is expected to carry 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles a day within the next 20 years, said Peter Anderson, the city's senior transportation analyst.
The Barranca connector should alleviate heavy traffic on Alton by providing a continuous route from Red Hill Avenue near Tustin to Bake Parkway at the Irvine Spectrum, said Ken Louie, city traffic engineer.