SR 75/282 City to Hold Public Information Meeting on New Tunnel Alternative

Date of Record: 2006-06-26
City to Hold Public Information Meeting on New Tunnel Alternative
Option would enhance military security

(June 26, 2006 - San Diego) %u2014 The City of Coronado will be holding a public information meeting on June 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Nautilus Room of the Coronado Community Center to discuss a new tunnel alternative which has been added to the SR 75/282 Transportation Corridor Project (TCP). This new project alternative, officially called the "Restricted Access Tunnel," will also be referred to as "Alternative 5B.

"The City encourages residents to attend this public meeting in order to gain a better understanding of how the new alternative differs from the original options currently under evaluation," said Assistant City Manager and Director of Engineering Jim Benson.  "The City is hopeful to gather feedback from the local community in order to expedite the analysis of this option."

The addition of the Restricted Access Tunnel, a variation of the Twin-Bore Traffic Tunnel, is the result of the City's recent conversations with the Navy, a project partner.  This option is designed to enhance military security by screening Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) commuters before they would enter the tunnel, rather than when they exit.  In order to accommodate the addition of the new alternative, the Project Report and Environmental Document phase of the project will be extended by six months and completed in 2009.

The City is committed to developing a long-term traffic solution that will help restore and maintain the unique residential and business-friendly atmosphere in Coronado.  Through the proposed SR 75/282 Transportation Corridor Project, the City is evaluating six traffic congestion relief alternatives identified during the environmental review process.