The Federal Highway Administration last week gave final approval to the Eastern Transportation Corridor when officials signed a record of decision documenting approval of the north and east legs of the 23-mile toll way project located in Orange County.

"The record of decision is the last step finalizing the federal environmental review for the project, and allows the project to proceed through construction," Scott Diehl, chairman of the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency, said in a statement.

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