|Public Meetings Scheduled for Proposed SR 75/282 Transportation Corridor Project|
City, Caltrans, FHWA Seek Public Input on Congestion Relief Alternatives
Coronado, CA (June 2, 2004) - The City of Coronado, Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration have scheduled two open-house public scoping meetings on June 9 to provide the community with an update on the proposed SR 75/282 Transportation Corridor Project and to gather public input on the six proposed traffic congestion relief alternatives that will be evaluated in the next phase of the project.
The first meeting will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Library Winn Room and the second meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Granzer Hall at Coronado Middle School. Both meetings will cover the same content. The purpose of these meetings is to gather public comment so that issues raised can be evaluated in forthcoming environmental studies.
The meetings mark the beginning of the second phase of the SR 75/282 Transportation Corridor Project. In April 2003, the City completed a Major Investment Study (MIS) - the first phase of the project - which analyzed a number of possible strategies for traffic congestion relief along Third and Fourth Streets. Strategies from the MIS were used to develop the six proposed alternatives. One of the alternatives, a twin, single-lane reversible bored tunnel, was adopted by the City Council as the locally preferred strategy.
The next step in the process, the Project Report and Environmental Document (PR/ED) phase, involves working with numerous state and federal agencies and the public to complete engineering, planning and environmental documents. Projected for completion in 2008, the PR/ED will analyze, with an equal level of detail, each of the six proposed alternatives. This effort will eventually result in a locally preferred alternative. Once this alternative is approved by the City Council and the Federal Highway Administration, preparations for final project design would begin.
Local residents, property owners and other users of the transportation corridor are encouraged to attend and participate in the June 9 public scoping meetings. Public comments gathered at the scoping meetings will be addressed in the environmental documents. For those who wish to provide their comments orally, rather than in writing, the City will provide transcription services.
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 that would help preserve quality of life enjoyed by Coronado residents and visitors.