California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans Releases Interstate 5 Draft Environmental Document

SAN DIEGO –Today the California Department of Transportation is advertising that the Interstate 5 North Coast Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (document) is available for public review.  In accordance with state law, the advertisement for the release of this document can be found today in the Metro and North County editions of San Diego Union Tribune, the official newspaper of record.  

Caltrans has been working with the Federal Highway Administration and other federal, state and local agencies to develop the document. The document describes the possible impacts of adding capacity on Interstate 5 from La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego to Vandegrift Boulevard/Harbor Drive in Oceanside.

“Because of the length of the project and the size of the document we are doubling the amount of time the public can respond with their comments,” said Caltrans Project Manager Arturo Jacobo.  “We have doubled that time to 90 days.”

The last day to make comments on this document is Oct. 7.  Caltrans will also hold five Open House Meetings where the public can come and talk with engineers, noise and traffic specialists and property agents. 

“We are encouraging members of the public to attend any of these meetings. We will have more than 40 display boards and will be available to answer questions and accept comments,” Jacobo added.

The meetings will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. at the following locations:

July 27 - Encinitas - Encinitas Community & Senior Center, Room 142
Aug. 3 - San Diego - Westfield UTC Shopping Mall (Above Wells Fargo)
Aug. 17 - Carlsbad - Faraday Center Room 173A-173B
Aug. 24 - Solana Beach - Skyline Elementary School Activity Room
Sept. 9 - Oceanside - Oceanside High School Multipurpose Room

A post card advertising the meeting locations and dates will be mailed to residents and business owners in the project area from I-5 west to the coast and east approximately 1½ miles. 

The document is available online at http://www.keepsandiegomoving.com/I-5-intro.html. CDs of the document are free and are available at the Caltrans District Office at 4050 Taylor Street in San Diego or by mail. For more information call the Caltrans Public Information Office at (619) 688-6670.

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