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A PLAGUE on Expansion
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

UPDATE: Town Hall meeting postponed until more information is provided by Caltrans at the I-5/SR-56 Connector meeting.  10/31/09

CALTRANS simulation (based on an actual photo) of the proposed I-5/SR56 Interchange at the Carmel Valley Road exit.   The view was taken on Carmel Valley Road driving east just before it passes
under I-5.

A town hall meeting to rally opposition to the expansion of I-5 and its 70-foot flyover at Carmel Valley Road is set for 6:30 p.m., November 10 at the Del Mar Hills School on Mango Drive. Initiated by the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board, organizers want to bring together a broad based coalition to educate residents, engage volunteers to walk petitions, and raise funds to hire experts to assist in responding to the expansion project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

“Caltrans has stated (the project) is the largest EIR ever to be released. It will be come out soon and we will have only 60 days to respond,” Dennis Ridz, president of the Planning Board, stated. According to Ridz, experts will be needed to help the community articulate their concerns and to provide alternatives. “We believe there are other feasible, realistic options. President Obama has set aside billions for rail, targeting San Diego in particular. That’s one option.”

The meeting will include visual presentations of plans to expand I-5 from La Jolla to Oceanside, in some places as wide as 22 lanes. Plans also include a flyover at the Carmel Valley intersection that will cut across the Torrey Pines State Reserve view shed and, according to the Planning Board, send fumes and noise west toward the Reserve, beaches and Del Mar communities. Speakers will include leading experts on opposing state highway expansions.

Organizers of the town hall forum and follow up petition drive call themselves PLAGUE (Prevent Los Angeles Gridlock Usurping the Environment). Updated information is available at www.torreypinescommunity.org.

Ann Gardner has written previously about the proposed expansion iof I-5 and its 70-foot flyover at Carmel Valley Road.  Click here for her article in the May 2009 issue.


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