Sierra Club Critical of I-5 Widening

Some residents think it's a waste of $4.5 billion

By Susan Taylor
|  Friday, Oct 22, 2010  |  Updated 7:46 AM PDT
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Sierra Club Critical of I-5 Widening

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 Some residents in the North County are firing back about a proposal to widen the I-5 freeway.

At a forum in Carlsbad, organizers from several groups including the Sierra Club said there are better alternatives that  CalTrans hasn't looked at.  

They say widening the freeway to as many as 18 lanes between Oceanside and La Jolla would be a waste of $4.5 billion and would be harmful to the environment.

The 27-mile project would include large sound walls that would prevent views of the Pacific Ocean and coastline and would require Caltrans buy parts or all of more than 100 parcels of land in Oceanside and Carlsbad, according to our media partners at the North County Times. 

Supporters think it will help traffic conditions. The deadline for public comments on the project is November 22nd.

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