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I-5 Widening Project
(From State Route 73 to El Toro Road)

Public Notice: Announcement of Public Hearing

Initial study with Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration/Environmental Assessment

I-5 Widening Project Photo

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the City of Lake Forest, the City of Laguna Hills, the City of Laguna Niguel, the City of Laguna Woods, the City of Mission Viejo, and the City of San Juan Capistrano, is proposing to widen Interstate 5 (I-5) between State Route 73 (SR-73) and El Toro Road.  The project limits on I-5 extend from 0.5 mile (mi) south of the SR-73 interchange (Post Mile [PM] 12.4) to 0.2 mi north of the El Toro Road Undercrossing (UC) (PM 18.9).

 
The project purpose is to increase capacity and operations within the project limits; provide extension of the HOV network within a portion of the project limits to increase capacity; improve merging/diverging from freeway ramps and improve ramp intersections where needed; and improve existing auxiliary lanes and add auxiliary lanes where needed to improve weaving operations.

 
The proposed project will add general purpose lanes in each direction on I-5 between Avery Parkway and Alicia Parkway, extend the 2nd High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane from Alicia Parkway to El Toro Road, reestablish existing auxiliary lanes and construct new auxiliary lanes, and improve several existing on- and off-ramps.  The project is currently in the environmental phase.


Links to the Initial Study with Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration/Environmental Assessment and Supporting Technical Studies are below:

Front Matter
        I-5 Widening Cover
        Table of Contents
        Title Sheet
        General Information
        Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration

Chapter 1    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Chapter 2   AFFECTED ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES, AND AVOIDANCE, MINIMIZATION, AND/OR MITIGATION MEASURES
        2.0 - INTRODUCTION
        2.1 - LAND USE
        2.2 - GROWTH
        2.3 - COMMUNITY IMPACTS
        2.4 - UTILITIES AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
        2.5 - TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION
        2.6 - VISUAL AND AESTHETICS
        2.7 - CULTURAL
        2.8 - HYDROLOGY
        2.9 - WATER QUALITY
        2.10 - GEOLOGY SOILS SEISMICITY TOPOGRAPHY
        2.11 - PALEONTOLOGY
        2.12 - HAZARDOUS WASTE
        2.13 - AIR QUALITY
        2.14 - NOISE
        2.15 - NATURAL COMMUNITIES
        2.16 - WETLANDS AND OTHER WATERS
        2.17 - PLANT SPECIES
        2.18 - ANIMAL SPECIES
        2.19 - THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES
        2.20 - INVASIVE SPECIES
        2.21 - CUMULATIVE IMPACTS
        2.22 - CLIMATE CHANGE

Chapter 3    COMMENTS AND COORDINATION

Chapter 4   LIST OF PREPARERS

Chapter 5    DISTRIBUTION LIST

Appendices
        Appendix A – CEQA ENVIRONMENTAL CHECKLIST
        Appendix B – CORRESPONDENCE
        Appendix C – TITLE VI POLICY
        Appendix D – SUMMARY OF RELOCATION BENEFITS
        Appendix E – GLOSSARY OF TECHNICAL TERMS
        Appendix F – MINIMIZATION AND/OR MITIGATION SUMMARY/ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT RECORD
        Appendix G – LIST OF ACRONYMS
        Appendix H – LIST OF TECHNICAL STUDIES
        Appendix I –  REFERENCES
        Appendix J – FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS
        Appendix K – 2012 RTP, 2011 FTIP, AND 2013 FTIP (AMENDMENT 24)
        Appendix L – DRAFT RESOURCES EVALUATED RELATIVE TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 4(F)/DE MINIMUS

Appendix H         LIST OF TECHNICAL STUDIES

Air Quality Assessment
Floodplain Evaluation Report & Location Hydraulic Study

Hazardous Waste Study
        Initial Site Assessment (ISA)
        ISA Plates
        Appendix A – ISA Checklist
        Appendix B – EDR Atlas Report
        Appendix C – Agency Documentation
        Appendix D – Historical Documentation
        Appendix E –Response Matrix

Historic Property Survey Report
Natural Environment Study

Noise
         Noise Study
         Noise Abatement Decision Report

Paleontological Resources Identification and Evaluation Report

Relocation Impact Memorandum
Preliminary Geotechnical Design Report

Traffic
         Traffic Study
         Traffic Study Appendix

Visual Impact Assessment

Water Quality Assessment Report  

Please email your comments to:  D12.5Widening@dot.ca.gov

Contact to get physical copies of the document:

The documents above are also available on CD and/or paper:
CD:
                  Each CD is $ 5.00
                  Complete set of CE’s is $ 15.00 (Includes Draft IS/EA with Appendices, Technical Studies).

Hard copies
                  Delivery in California is approximately 3 working days.
                  Draft IS/EA without Appendices is $ 175.00.
                  Draft IS/EA with Appendices is $250 .00.
                  Complete set of Technical Studies is $675 .00.
                  Complete set of hard copies is  $ 925.00. (Includes Draft IS/EA with Appendices, Technical Studies).

For CD copies or hard (paper) copies, please contact Smita Deshpande via email
D12.5Widening@dot.ca.gov Attn:  Gabriela Jauregui

Thank you for providing your comments!


Additional project information can be found on the OCTA project website: www.octa.net/I5eltoro
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