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Caltrans Holds First Public Meeting On I-5 Expansion

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Aired 7/28/10

Caltrans held its first open house in Encinitas last night to gather public input on the proposed expansion of Interstate 5 in North County. More than 100 people turned out to submit comments and ask questions.

Caltrans held its first open house in Encinitas last night to gather public input on the proposed expansion of Interstate 5 in North County. More than 100 people turned out to submit comments and ask questions.

Community members poured over images of the proposed I-5 expansion at a CalTrans open house July 27.
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Above: Community members poured over images of the proposed I-5 expansion at a CalTrans open house July 27.

A large meeting room at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center was filled with North County residents when Caltrans’ first public meeting on the proposed expansion of I-5 began at 5 p.m.

Near the door was a seating area to watch a video about the project, which could add up to 6 lanes to the freeway between La Jolla to Oceanside. In the far corner people could dictate comments to a court reporter or write them down.

Around the edge of the room Caltrans representatives stood at tables to answer questions about things like environmental impact, right of way concerns and the new lanes design.

Encinitas resident Ken Scott waited to have his questions answered at one of the most crowded tables.

“My concern is noise," Scott said. "And, what I see in the plan is your typical Southern California freeway with decorator trees and landscaping. Build something that’s not going to spill additional freeway noise onto adjacent properties and hurt the property values.”

Another question many people were asking was whether enough consideration had been given to developing more public transportation.

Dolores Welty lives in Leucadia and said she thinks adding more lanes to the freeway is shortsighted.

“We don’t need more freeway, we need more public transportation," she said. "There’s no way, for example, to get to Kearny Mesa to go to work from here without your own car. There should be some kind of transportation to do that.

Caltrans Corridor Director Allan Kosup says comments collected at this open house and four more to be held over the next six weeks will help decide which of five design alternatives is chosen.

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Avatar for user 'tioderif'

tioderif | August 4, 2010 at 7:32 p.m. ― 3 years, 12 months ago

To answer CALTRANS, I need to only quote an American President: "Here you go again." CALTRANS has already made up their minds about the expansion of the I-5. Nothing will ever change their minds of further inflicting on North County their short-sighted solution. You could have meetings daily at every off-ramp all decrying this punishing vision and CALTRANS will continue with the expansion, nonetheless. CALTRANS is wedded to the concept that more asphalt is better. And mass transportation is contrary to their soon to be simply imposed solution for North San Diego County.

CALTRANS operates on what I call the SANDAG Principle. That is build not to solve a need but build only to increase the need and neglect the solution. Put stations where they don't do any good. Cut bus routes where they are needed. Have transportation links fail to coordinate.

People and I don't ride mass transit because:
1) It fails to go where I am going.
2) Does not run often enough.
3) Fails to link with additional transportation in a timely manner.
4) Is inconveniently located.
5) Has ever increasing fares and ever increasing cuts in service.

I attended some meetings a couple years ago about residence building along the rail/transportation line (which could also be applied to any new housing development). It was suggested that the residences should be clustered in such a way that day care centers, medium size markets, bakery/coffee shop, small diners, dry cleaners, etc would have an incentive to operate there. Having to drive a car would be an exception. Don't know what became of those suggestions.

Massive and continuing cutbacks in the North County transportation system do nothing more than put more cars on the roads that need to be expanded so more people must use their cars and not mass transportation so there can be more cuts in mass transportation to put more cars on the roads feeding CALTRANS' sole imposed solution of asphalt expansion.

Expanding the I-5, just like the expanded I-15, will not solve any problems. The real solution is to provide an exceptional, inexpensive, timely mass transportation system that will encourage people to leave their cars behind.

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kellyroad | August 5, 2010 at 9:35 a.m. ― 3 years, 12 months ago

The First Crop of Boomers are turning 65 ...Next Year...Some will be retiring ...some will keep working...some will be moving to some unknown place in the sky...The Lucky Ones will be living a very long time...As a Member of The Boomer Crop...
1. I ask you ..Howlong wll I be able to drive? Not Sure...hope a longtime
2. Do I want the ability to get somewhere without depending on another Driver? Yes
3. If I have no choice would I drive my car...even if people think my driving is unsafe? I think I would

Trying to put myself in the 30year olds hoes...
1. Do I Want the Freeway Cloged with a bunch of 95Year old Boomers? No Way
2. What about the Future? Can you just imagine what it will be like in 30yrs with a freeway with plenty of room ...and a pack of Boomers driving at 95 Years .They might to have Boomer Patrols ...
3. As a 30 year old ...I would like the boomers self suffient and would not want them on the highway with me!

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Wiseguy894 | September 2, 2010 at 10:47 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Amazing isn't it that San Diego County can't come up with a plan that would take an approach like most West European Countries or other more sophisticated countries that have had similar problems. All that expanding highways will do is increase pollution and destroy the coastal environment we take pride in. The way Caltrans thinks there won’t be any coastal communities except where the very rich and influential people live.

Create a mass transit high speed train system over the current railway route and use the funds there.

Very importantly provide shuttle services from the train stations to work areas and other point of interest locations in each train station vicinity and provide adequate parking at the station and provide sufficient shuttle stops in residential areas. This is the weakest link that currently exists. For heaven's sake increase the days and times of operation.

A far more practical and long term solution than feeding the bloated Caltrans bureaucracy, contractors tied to the deal and other vested interests WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS.

Get real Caltrans and stop taking a myopic approach to transportation issues in San Diego County. Doesn’t take a genius to think this through.

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