While we’re in that general area of Orange County, the OCTA Board recently voted to expand the 405 Freeway without the controversial toll lanes. Residents of the communities served by the 405 Freeway denounced the initial plan and successfully persuaded the Board to postpone a vote on the plan in November. Since then, legislators stepped in by threatening to prepare a bill that would bar toll lanes on this particular stretch of road. Even OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson acknowledged that the concept was forming a wedge within the agency itself. Nevertheless, OCTA will pursue a widening of the freeway, ending the controversy for most residents.