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OCTA Talks to Residents about Soundwalls

Orange County Transportation Authority officials will host coffee chats and go door to door to talk to residents about the implications of upcoming sound wall projects.

Orange County Transportation Authority representatives will go door-to-door beginning next week in San Clemente neighborhoods and host meetings to let people know about plans to widen the 5 Freeway.

The representatives will visit nearly 300 homes in areas where soundwalls will be built along the I-5 north of Avenida Pico, according to a release from the OCTA. Four of the five project soundwalls will be constructed with the exact dimensions of the existing walls, only farther away from the freeway centerline to accommodate the widening.

The new soundwall is planned between the freeway and the Shorecliffs Golf Course driving range.

The project will add a carpool lane from San Juan Creek Road to Avenida Pico and rebuild the Pico interchange. Scheduled for construction in late 2013, the $275 million project is being funded by Measure M, the half-cent sales tax approved by Orange County voters, the OCTA release states.

OCTA representatives will visit homes in Shorecliffs, the Coast, Chateau San Clemente, Seascape Village and Campana-Canasta.

The door-to-door effort, during which OCTA representatives will hand out fliers about the project, begins Saturday and continues Wednesday, according to the release.

Saturday Aug. 11 and Aug. 18, the OCTA will

Coffees in the neighborhoods – where residents can gather informally for more information or to get answers to any questions – will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18.

wschrimp August 08, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Another waste of tax dollars. If you buy a home next to a freeway, then you know it will be noisy and continue to increase over the years. If you don't then you have your head in the sand. If a freeway or tollroad is built near homes that did not have one there before, that is one thing. Why do millions of our tax dollars get spent on these walls each year? The money should be spent on the roads and not mitigation.
george gregory August 09, 2012 at 02:44 PM
too little to late and why is the widening project stopping at Pico just to create biblical traffic in town where are our council men where is the lobby to push this widening thru well past the county line
Diana Horal August 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I never had traffic noise until the wall was built. Now we sit on the deck and scream at each other over the big rigs air brakes etc Can't we use the money for bike lanes so kids can ride to school and people can go out to eat, shop and to the beach without cars.

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