Edit ModuleShow Tags

NewsBeat


Published:

A Kinder, Gentler Road?

A 27-mile stretch of Interstate 5 between La Jolla and Oceanside is shaping up to be a battleground between those who want a 14-lane mega-freeway and those who don’t. Caltrans bills the project, which could cost up to $4.5 billion over 20 years, as kinder and gentler than a typical freeway expansion.

The project is carpool- and transit-friendly — including a freeway-within-a-freeway with two high-occupancy vehicle lanes in each direction, plus access to ramps for bus riders and carpoolers. It includes plans to enhance the environment with public art and water-quality improvements.

“The project’s giving us the opportunity to do some enhancements in lagoons and leave the corridor better than when we got there,” says I-5 czar Allan Kosup, director of the project for Caltrans. “It’s a different approach to highway construction 
— community-sensitive and resource-sensitive.”

But several groups are not convinced. Formed just to fight the expansion, I-5 PLAGUE (Prevent the Los Angeles Gridlock from Usurping Our Environment) says the proposed project “fails to consider transit alternatives, will permanently damage our beautiful coastal communities as well as the entire region, and cause significant damage to our environment and our health.” Joining the cause are the Sierra Club, Save Our Forests, the Cleveland National Forest Foundation, the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board and Citizens Against Freeway Expansion.

Kosup says the project must address all the “conflicting purposes” of the scenic corridor, which crosses six coastal lagoons that are home to endangered species. “There’s certainly a lot of concerns...coastal views, noise, endangered species in lagoons. Those types of coastal lagoons are getting rarer and rarer. We’ve got a lot of conflicting purposes and impacts, and we just need to balance all of those.”
Construction could start as soon as 2013 on the first phase.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

San Diego Holiday Events & Dining Guide 2017

Getting in the holiday spirit can mean fine dining, holiday-themed bars, ugly sweater events, and more

What You Need to Know About the San Diego Fires

When to evacuate, where to volunteer, and how to get the latest updates

Meet Our Cover Cocktail!

Madison bar manager Danny Kuehner gives us the scoop on happy hour at the University Heights eatery
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. 47 Outdoor Dining Spots to Try in San Diego
    From ocean views, rooftops, and garden patios to simple sidewalk people-watching, we’ve rounded up the city's best outdoor dining spots
  2. The Vegan Fast Food Revolution
    From Evolution to Plant Power, two local vegans look to revolutionize fast food
  3. Adele Stratton Leaves Noble Experiment for Jaynes Gastropub
    Her first menu features light, crisp, approachable cocktails
  4. Your Guide to San Diego's Best Happy Hours
    Here's where to throw back a cold one while the sun's still out
  5. The Newcomer's Guide to San Diego
    Welcome to America’s Finest City! Here’s everything you need to know to feel like a local
  6. The San Diego Lager Boom
    Why light, crisp, and flavorful is the next “new” thing
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle

Buy a Raffle Ticket, Win This Rare Sports Car

Donate to a good cause to seriously upgrade your ride
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags