The Arbor on El Toro Road
CTF – Project of the Year
APWA – Project of the Year
ASCE – Project Achievement Award
ACEC – Award of Excellence
OCEC – Engineering Project Achievement Award
Establishing a Gateway, Enhancing Aesthetics
El Toro Road, the busiest arterial highway in Lake Forest, serves hundreds of businesses and thousands of commuters on a daily basis. The $18-million El Toro Road renovation at the Arbor served as an opportunity to establish a gateway into Lake Forest from Interstate 5. The project had three main objectives: reduce traffic congestion, improve safety for traffic and pedestrians, and enhance aesthetics. The revitalization area extends one mile northeast along El Toro Road, from the I- 5 freeway to Muirlands Boulevard, creating space for drivers as they leave the highway.
Traffic improvements for drivers included widening the street to a total of nine traffic lanes from the I-5 to Rockfield Boulevard, and eight lanes from Rockfield Boulevard to Muirlands Boulevard. Major identification elements were added at intersections, including a gateway to the Arbor District at the intersection of El Toro Road and Swartz Drive; improved synchronized traffic signals along El Toro Road from the I-5 to Trabuco Road; and newly landscaped medians and rights of way.