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Notice of Preparation Filed for I-15/SR 78 Project

I-15/SR78 Managed Lanes Direct Connectors Project
Key Stakeholders/Third Party Email Copy
October 20, 2020

Notice of Preparation Filed for the I-15/SR 78 Managed Lanes Direct Connectors Project

Caltrans and SANDAG Seeks Your Input!

Caltrans, in partnership with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the City of San Marcos, is pleased to announce that is has filed the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Interstate 15 (I-15)/State Route 78 (SR 78) Managed Lanes Direct Connectors project.

The NOP serves as official notification that project environmental studies are underway, provides information about the proposed project improvements, and kicks-off a minimum 30-day public scoping period in which Caltrans, as the lead agency, invites the public to provide feedback that helps to shape the scope of the project study, potential alternatives, and areas of concern that will shape the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (Draft EIR/EA) evaluating this project. The public scoping period is an important step in the beginning of the environmental review process that will evaluate the environmental impacts of a project and ensure compliance with federal, state and local environment laws.

Public input early in this process will help develop a project that provides a reliable transportation option that reduces travel times, encourages multi-occupant vehicle usage, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The project also aims to move more people and improve access to key residential and employment centers along the growing SR 78 corridor, while reducing the overall amount of vehicle miles traveled.

Comments will be accepted between Oct. 19 and Nov. 20. Here is a list of ways that the public can provide input on the I-15/SR 78 Managed Lanes Direct Connectors project:

  1. Visit us online at our new public engagement site, KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/SR78.
  2. Join our virtual public scoping meeting, Thursday, Oct. 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the public engagement site.
  3. Email your input and public comments to SR78@KeepSanDiegoMoving.com.
  4. Provide verbal public comments by leaving a message on our public hotline: 888-547-1161.
  5. Mail your public comments to the following address:

Ellen Renker

c/o Caltrans District 11

4050 Taylor St. (MS 242)

San Diego, CA 92110

Project Description:

New direct connectors between the existing I-15 express lanes and three miles of newly proposed managed lanes on SR 78 are intended to improve connectivity and traffic flow on and between the two corridors, reduce congestion and travel times, increase access to homes and jobs, and improve overall quality of life in north inland San Diego County.

For more information about the project and the project timeline, please view the project fact sheet.