Thursday, June 6, 2013

State Route 2 Freeway Terminus Redesign: Sound Walls Coming To Allesandro Street

Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 13, 2013.  Allesandro Street from Oak Glen looking toward Rosebud Ave: it's hard to covey a sense of scale when shooting a 4/10ths of a mile long, curving roadway with trees that have grown for 50 years.    (Click on photos to enlarge.)

As a part of the 2 Freeway Terminus Improvement Project, CalTrans will build a 12 - 16' tall sound wall between the Oak Glen overpass & either El Moran or Rosebud Ave (their plans have been unclear), on Allesandro Street.  They will be cutting down all the trees along the parkway between the 2 Freeway & Allesandro St.  They will NOT be replanting the trees after the sound walls are built.  CalTrans will only be planting the sound walls with ivy on the street side only - not the freeway side.  (Who would graffiti the freeway side?)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 1, 2009.  The 2 Freeway sits below some of the steepest streets in Los Angeles, including Cove, a public staircase street. 

Sound travels up.  Sound walls will not help people who live up on the hills nor in the upper floors of some of the buildings on Allesandro St.

Earlier this year, CalTrans conducted a mail-in vote to neighbors directly adjacent to the proposed sound walls.  Neighbors on Allesandro Way voted NO to sound walls.  Neighbors on Allesandro St. narrowly voted YES to sound walls

Neighbors who lived more than 2 houses from either street had no say whatsoever despite the steep hillside nature of the community.  CalTrans had a complex vote count percentage based on whether you were a renter or a homeowner, and we're not convinced they stuck to their original vote counting plan within the deadline period.  

A neighbor on Allesandro St. informed me they recently received a letter from CalTrans saying construction of the sound walls would start soon.  Thus, the rash of "for rent" signs along Allesandro St. last month.

See all our sound wall related posts.

Metro/CalTrans is holding a meeting June 13, 2013 to update the community on the status of the 2 Freeway Terminus Improvement Project.  The sound walls on Allesandro St between Oak Glen & Rosebud are a part of the Terminus Project.

Click here for meeting info from Metro