Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2 Freeway Terminus: Community Meeting Update

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 29, 2010. Southbound 2 Freeway is literally a few feet from Corralitas Walk, adjacent to the Red Car Property. Homes in the background are on Alvarado. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

I attended last night's meeting for the 2 Terminus "Improvement" Project. I was surprised to find CalTrans now ends the planned sound walls on the Silver Lake side of the freeway at Lake View and Allesandro Way. So Corralitas would not be losing trees and adding sound walls.

However, on a quick review of the 2010 Environmental Impact Report for Alternative F (for failure), my favorite line comes in their official response to my comments on the 2009 EIR.

"Cumulative effects in the area north of Oak Glen Place would be limited to potential traffic impacts and the noise and air quality impacts of future traffic volumes along SR-2."

Well yes, but they also say they don't have to mitigate for the additional traffic, noise and air pollution. God forbid they give us more trees to mitigate the effects of air and visual pollution.

Additionally, while CalTrans says they want a consensus of the adjacent neighbors before they decide where the sound walls will go, they failed to offer a plan for outreach. I'm guessing if the postcard mailed to the community from CalTrans and MTA had clearly stated sound walls of 8-16' were planned for our neighborhood, a lot more people would have shown up at last night's meeting.