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Public forum on SR76 moved to Sept. 23

Caltrans SR76 project manager Mark Phelan has announced that the public forum for input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/DEIR) planned for Sept. 16 has been pushed back to Thurs. Sept. 23.

“The decision was made yesterday [Sept. 1] to move the meeting back one week to Sept. 23 to allow the public an extra week to review the document prior to the meeting,” explained Phelan.

The time frame and location for the forum remains the same, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bonsall Community Center, 31505 Old River Road. In a prior statement, Phelan said Caltrans would have approximately 20 representatives comprised of engineers, noise and traffic specialists and property agents on hand to field questions from the public.

“We are looking for specific detailed input at that meeting,” said Phelan.

The DEIS/DEIR document is being released today [Sept. 2], said Caltrans public information officer, Hayden Manning.

“The document describes the possible impacts of widening SR76 to four lanes and upgrading the SR76/I-15 interchange,” said Ann Fox, who is transitioning into Phelan’s role of the past few years as SR76 project manager.

Caltrans has been working with the Federal Highway Administration and other federal, state, and local agencies to develop the document and is looking for the public’s substantive comments to become part of the final document scheduled to be released in approximately 12 to 18 months, said Manning.

The public has an opportunity to review the DEIS/DEIR in advance by reviewing hard copies of the document at the Fallbrook, Vista and Oceanside libraries and at the Caltrans District Office at 4050 Taylor Street in San Diego. Citizens can also request their own copy of the document on CD at http://www.keepsandiegomoving.com/SR-76-Corridor/SR76-intro.aspx. CDs can also be requested by phone through the Caltrans Public Information Office at (619) 688-6670.

Comments on the DEIS/DEIR and the two route alternatives will be accepted through Nov. 2, 2010.

The DEIS/DEIR pertains to the third phase of the SR76 improvement project and is expected to detail the differences between two alignments of the highway – the “Existing” (Northern) and the “South” (Southern).

A Fallbrook-based citizen’s group known as the 76 Action Committee has collected and submitted over 4,400 signatures in support of the “South” alternative to the project. It is unknown if any such effort has been conducted in favor of the “Existing” alternative.

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