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I-5 Freeway Expansion Report Lists Potential Environmental Impacts

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Aired 7/8/10

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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jelula | August 19, 2010 at 8:32 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

What a waste of billions of dollars that could better be used for alternatives to driving the freeway in a private vehicle. Re "Transportation officials say if carpool lanes are added, commute times could be cut in half." I have to wonder if they've checked with LA on that. Having used the carpool lane in LA during rush "hour" a few times, I didn't notice a substantial increase in efficiency. While I avoided the slowdowns that the right-hand lanes experience due to vehicles merging onto the freeway, I also sat in the carpool lane for quite awhile a few times when a vehicle ahead of me broke down or there was a fender-bender somewhere up the line. As Duncan McFetridge said, it will just become a larger parking lot - assuming we're still around to drive it once the interminable construction project is completed. Remember I-5 past the Del Mar fairgrounds while that part was being widened, carpool lanes put in and SR-56 and its access ramps were under construction? We will NEVER build our way out of congestion by adding lanes to freeways, carpool or not.

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