I-5 Improvement Project from San Diego County Line to Avenida Pico

Summary

SCH Number
2022060722
Lead Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 12 (DOT)
Document Title
I-5 Improvement Project from San Diego County Line to Avenida Pico
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Received
Present Land Use
Transportation
Document Description
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), proposes improvements to increase person and vehicle throughput on Interstate 5 (I-5) between the San Diego County Line (11-SD-5, PM 71.0) and the I-5/Avenida Pico Interchange (12-ORA-5, PM 3.4) (Proposed Project) in the city of San Clemente and unincorporated San Diego County. The proposed project would add a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in both directions along this 3.5 mile (mi) stretch of I-5. This Proposed Project would also reestablish existing auxiliary lanes, widen existing undercrossings, and replace two existing overcrossings to accommodate the proposed HOV lanes. This I-5 corridor improvement project is intended to increase vehicle occupancy and vehicle throughput, improve mobility and trip reliability, provide inter-county and regional system connectivity, provide improvements to accommodate projected regional growth, incorporate environmentally sustainable design elements by developing efficient transportation improvements, and improve multimodal efficiency and provide advanced technology to meet the current and future transportation demands. HOV lane and operational improvements have been made on I-5 throughout Orange County north of the project limits. This project is vital to enable the completion of the HOV lane network along the I-5 corridor in Orange County. The need, or current deficiencies of I-5 within the project limits include a lack of HOV lane connectivity from Avenida Pico to the San Diego County Line, and the existing aging facility lacks advanced technology to meet current and future transportation demands. The Proposed Project is currently in the environmental document and preliminary engineering phase. Two alternatives, including one Build and one No Build Alternative are under consideration.

Contact Information

Name
Smita Deshpande
Agency Name
California Department of Transportation District 12
Job Title
Branch Chief, Division of Environmental Analysis
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
San Clemente
Counties
Orange, San Diego
Regions
Citywide, Countywide, Southern California
Cross Streets
Various
Zip
Various
Total Acres
200
State Highways
I-5
Railways
Amtrak, Metrolink
Schools
San Clemente High School, Concordia Elementary School
Waterways
San Mateo Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 12 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region 8 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), California Transportation Commission (CATC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Development Types
Transportation:Highway/Freeway
Local Actions
Coastal Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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