The project is in the Final Design phase, which involves surveying and collecting data on items such as:
Experts including transportation planners, engineers, environmentalists, landscape architects, geologists and others will use the data to identify trends to determine how best to build the project for improved travel conditions and minimal environmental effects.
The environmental review phase is complete. Caltrans was the lead agency and was responsible for approving a proposed preferred alternative; OCTA was the sponsoring agency. The environmental review process is mandated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In general, the purpose of the environmental review process is to identify the project’s potential environmental impacts, and to develop measures to avoid, minimize and/or mitigate these impacts.
Caltrans and OCTA will add one HOV lane in each direction on a 2.9-mile stretch of Interstate 5 from State Route 55 to State Route 57 and remove the southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp HOV structure at Main Street, referred to as the "Main Street HOV drop structure."
The notice of availability of the Negative Declaration/Finding of No Significant Impact for this project is available online at www.dot.ca.gov/dist12/DEA/0C890/index.htm.
For more information on CEQA and NEPA, please visit the following websites:
As the project moves through the final design phase and toward the construction phase, we will continue to keep residents, businesses and community leaders informed. We are actively meeting with key groups, homeowners associations and businesses in the area. Please contact us to schedule a presentation or for additional project information.
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