California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Environmental Document Finalized for SR-76 East Segment

SAN DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today that the environmental report has been completed for the State Route 76 (SR-76) East Segment Improvement Project. The next step is for Caltrans to begin land acquisitions. Construction will begin as early as this summer on improvements to the Interstate 15 (I-15)/ SR-76 interchange.

"This project has complex issues and impacts and has undergone years of information gathering and analyzing. This project balances the environmental effects, costs and project benefits." said I-5/SR-76 Corridor Manager Allan Kosup.

The planned improvement project extends from South Mission Road to just east of (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.

The Final Environmental Impact Report/Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIR/FEIS) was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.

The project would widen and realign the current highway to a four-lane highway to improve travel, safety and the environment. A Draft EIR/EIS was circulated for public review and comment in September 2010.

The FEIR/FEIS will be available to the public Jan. 31, 2012. For more information on the SR-76 project, log on to KeepSanDiegoMoving.com.

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