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Residents Pack Hearing On San Diego I-5 Expansion

Like all Southern California freeways, I-5 can be a parking lot at times. State highway officials plan to change that by adding more lanes between San Diego and Oceanside. Caltrans laid out the plan at a hearing in Solana Beach Monday.

People for and against a proposal to expand Interstate 5 pack a public hearing as Caltrans officials review the project in Solana Beach, Calif. on November 8, 2010.
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Above: People for and against a proposal to expand Interstate 5 pack a public hearing as Caltrans officials review the project in Solana Beach, Calif. on November 8, 2010.

From La Jolla to Camp Pendleton, traffic along I-5 can try any driver’s patience, during rush hour or otherwise. And it’s expected to only get worse over the next 20 years.

To help ease drivers’ pain and frustration, Caltrans has proposed expanding the number of lanes and how the lanes are used.

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has made the I-5 expansion a high-priority project.

State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) and the Senate Transportation Committee will host the public hearing on the I-5 North Coast Corridor Project.

"We want the San Diegans that come to the hearing or pay attention to it to see that there are degrees to the expansion that there's four different ways to expand it or to not expand it at all," said Kehoe.

The comment period for the project's draft environmental review ends November 22.

Caltrans officials said the project will cost between $3.4 billion to $4.5 billion depending if one of the four alternatives are chosen.

The project is included in SANDAG's Regional Transportation Plan and would be partially funded through TransNet, San Diego County's half-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects.

Caltrans will make another presentation on the project at the Carlsbad City Council meeting Tuesday.

Comments

Avatar for user 'mbjfoster'

mbjfoster | November 8, 2010 at 8:39 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

This project plans to DOUBLE the width of the highway from Carmel Valley to Oceanside; take private property, massively increase the number of houses with noise levels exceeding federal standards, and destroy many ocean vistas. The project will only save a few minutes on the commute during peak periods. This article might have provided a little more insight into why the hearing may be lively, other than toeing the SANDAG party line and PR.

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Avatar for user 'EastCountySD'

EastCountySD | November 8, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

90% of people get around with cars and every retailer and business has deliveries by truck. Even if we build more rail we need roads and we should invest in moving cars and trucks more efficiently. I was wondering about the fuel efficiency vs speed. I looked it up. A car burns 3 times as much fuel per mile moving at 5pmh vs 60mph. We would actually have a huge reduction in pollution if cars moved smoothly from place to place instead of being stuck in traffic. Build it.

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