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Deputy District Director of Environmental Planning
RONALD J. KOSINSKI
Ronald J. Kosinski, Caltrans Deputy District Director for Environmental Planning, has provided valuable leadership to the agency for more than two decades.
In his current position, Kosinski manages 53 multi-disciplinary professionals who develop environmentally sound transportation projects in the Los Angeles and Ventura region. His division is responsible for securing environmental approvals for all elements of the I-5 widening project, the I-405 widening project, the Alameda Rail Corridor and the agency’s $1 billion HOV plan.
Prior to this, Kosinski was a Senior Environmental Planner, a supervisory position.Under his direction, the agency completed environmental documents for transportation projects costing in excess of $2.8 billion. He was also functional manager for Orange County projects including all clearances for projects along the I-5, Route 1, as well as the HOV additions to Routes 55, 57, 91, and 405.
Kosinski takes particular pride in the impending realization of the Route 5 widening project after many years of planning noted accomplishments also include the pending improvements on Route 1, 10, 71, 101, 138, and 405 in Los Angeles County as well as Route 23, 202 and 118 in Ventura County. He credits the knowledge and skills of his staff in moving the projects through the environmental process.
The Division currently is working with Right of Way on the purchase of 500 to 1000 acres of Santa Clara River habitat that t can use as a mitigation land bank for future projects in west Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. This will enable expedited approvals of the numerous Caltrans transportation improvements needed in this area. Anticipated projects include a fish passage grant proposal that would restore the steelhead trout migration to Solstice Creek in Malibu. Caltrans Environmental Planning Division is working jointly with several agencies on this project, which has major support and involvement of the Division District Director.
Kosinski, 58, is married with one son. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from California State University at Long Beach and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona,where his son now attends.