California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Monday, July 26, 2010

Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning

Phone: (619) 688-6670

First of Five Public Meetings On Tuesday For Public Comments On I-5 Project

SAN DIEGO – The first in a series of five public meetings for the Interstate 5 North Coast Corridor Project will take place Tuesday night in Encinitas, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

The meeting will be at the Encinitas Community & Senior Center, Room 142, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, from 5-8 p.m.  It is the first of the open-house-style meetings to solicit public input and answer questions regarding the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement.  The project proposes to add capacity to I-5, from La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego north to Vandegrift Boulevard/Harbor Drive in Oceanside.

“There are four different alternatives being proposed and we need the public’s input on the best alternative for the region,” said Caltrans Project Manager Arturo Jacobo.  “Written comments will become part of the public record and will be used for the Record of Decision that is expected next year.”

The public is encouraged to attend and discuss questions and concerns with engineers, noise and traffic specialists and property agents. There will be more than 40 displays showing what is being proposed.  Along with a comment table, Caltrans is providing a court reporter for those who wish to leave a verbal comment. The comment period ends Oct. 7 and can be emailed to I-5_NCC_EIR_EIS@dot.ca.gov or mailed to the Caltrans District Office at 4050 Taylor Street. San Diego 92110.

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

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 Multi-Purpose Room.

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

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