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Resident Group Fights Interstate 5 Expansion

Resident Group Fights Interstate 5 Expansion
A group of North San Diego County residents, PLAGUE, meets tonight to launch a protest against plans to widen Interstate 5 from La Jolla to Oceanside.

A group of northern San Diego County residents meets tonight to launch a protest against plans to widen Interstate 5 from La Jolla to Oceanside.

Commuters on I-5 may be looking forward to the additional lanes to reduce gridlock, but residents on either side of the freeway are determined to prevent any further expansion.

A group called “Prevent Los Angeles Gridlock Usurping the Environment” or PLAGUE, will hold a public meeting in a Del Mar school this evening. They hope to drum up support for a legal battle.

PLAGUE argues San Diego’s transportation problems cannot be solved by adding freeway lanes, and the extra noise and pollution will destroy the quality of life in beach communities up and down the coast.

CALTRANS has plans to expand the freeway from eight to either 12 or 14 lanes, including four more carpool lanes.

The I-5 expansion affects seven lagoons and would involve relocating several dozen homes on the edge of the corridor.

An environmental impact report is expected within a month.