Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SR 2 Freeway Terminus Project: CalTrans Still Not Specific On The North End Of The Planned Sound Wall

All Photos: Diane Edwardson, 2013.  CalTrans & Metro sent out an e-newsletter last week to say, among other things, they'll start construction on the 2000' long sound walls north of Oak Glen adjacent to the northbound lanes of the 2 Freeway & Allesandro sometime in winter 2014/2015.  The newsletter was still short on specifics like where exactly the north end of the wall would terminate.  A CalTrans fact sheet states the wall will extend to "north of El Moran Way."  It fails to say how far north of El Moran it will extend.  It's only a few hundred feet north to the Rosebud Ave underpass.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

The newsletter also says CalTrans will be preserving trees where possible.  One neighbor called Peter Jones, the CalTrans flak listed in the newsletter, asking questions about the exact number and location of trees to be removed.  CalTrans does not have an answer yet, despite our persistent questioning since 2009.
CalTrans didn't really offer anything new in their newsletter.  No matter where the northern terminus of the sound wall is, the wall will be placed at the top of the slope.  That means, if it were to come all the way to Rosebud, it would create a huge edifice, as the slope between the top of the retaining wall & the top of the slope is a good 15-20'.  Then top that with a 10' sound wall & cut down those trees too.
The Rosebud Ave underpass as seen from the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract.  The controversial Artis small-lot subdivision is directly across from the section between El Moran & Rosebud.

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