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I-5 Freeway Expansion Report Lists Potential Environmental Impacts

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A draft of an environmental impact report has been released on a proposed expansion of the I-5 freeway from La Jolla to Oceanside. The project would displace some people in North County.

— A draft of an environmental impact report has been released on a proposed expansion of the Interstate 5 freeway from La Jolla to Oceanside. The project would displace some people in North County.

There are four different expansion options proposed for the I-5. The largest would add six new lanes, and force the relocation of 112 residences.

Doug Gibson directs the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. He says the freeway expansion could provide mitigation money to help restore the lagoon.

"The one thing that it potentially has the capability of doing," Gibson said, "is actually helping remove some of the impacts, or sort of past sins, from when the freeway was put in in the first place."

Supporters say the I-5 freeway must be expanded to reduce congestion. Transportation officials say if carpool lanes are added, commute times could be cut in half.

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