Thursday, June 2, 2011
Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning
Phone: (619) 688-6670
Preferred Alternative Identified for SR-76 East Segment
SAN DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today that the Existing Alignment has been identified as the Preferred Alternative for the State Route 76 (SR-76) East Segment Improvement Project. This decision comes after months of analyzing all of the comments and balancing the environmental effects, costs and project benefits.
"The Existing Alignment has resource agency support; the least environmental impacts; the most cost-effective; and it is consistent with historical planning efforts." said I-5/SR-76 Corridor Manager Allan Kosup.
The planned improvement project extends from South Mission Road to just east of Interstate 15 (I-15) and completes the major link between Interstate 5 (I-5) and I-15. SR-76 is one of the high-priority transportation projects included in the region's TransNet Early Action Program.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act, a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) was prepared. It compared and analyzed two build alternatives.
The Existing Alignment would widen and realign the current highway to a four-lane highway to improve travel, safety and the environment. The Draft EIR/EIS was circulated for public review and comment in September 2010.
The next step is for Caltrans to complete the final environmental report, anticipated this fall. Once the final report is approved, the team will determine any necessary land acquisitions and begin negotiations on those properties. Construction will then begin as early as spring 2012
For more information on the SR-76 project, log on to www.KeepSanDiegoMoving.com.
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