Wednesday, March 20, 2013

You’re Invited: Public Hearing on the I-5 Toll Lanes

Caltrans and Metro are proposing a project that would construct high occupancy toll lanes (aka HOT lanes) in both directions of I-5 between SR-14 and Parker Road, a distance of 13.5 miles. Originally, the I-5 HOT lanes were HOV (aka carpool) lanes, but the HOV lane version of the project wouldn’t be completed until 2040 due to a funding shortfall. By building HOT lanes instead, construction could begin in 2015 and wrap up in 2019. Tolls would cover the funding shortfall.

No decision has been made on the proposal yet. Recently, two community meetings were held in the Santa Clarita area to provide info about the project. The next step in the process is a public hearing, which will be held next Thursday, March 28, at Santa Clarita City Hall. Details:

When: Thursday, March 28th, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where:  Council Chambers, City Hall
             City of Santa Clarita
             23920 Valencia Blvd.
             Santa Clarita, CA 91355
             Served by Santa Clarita Transit lines 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 14

The purpose of the hearing is to solicit public comments about the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report, which you can review here. The upshot of the report is the project will have no significant impact, but check it out for yourself and come let us know what you think.

If you can’t make it to the hearing, you can mail your comments by April 15, 2013, to:

            Ronald J. Kosinski, Deputy District Director
            Division of Environmental Planning
            California Department of Transportation, District 7
            100 South Main Street, MS-16A
            Los Angeles, CA 90012

More info about the proposal is here. We hope to see you at the hearing.