Wednesday, December 13, 2006

US 50 Expansion DEIR Released

The DEIR for Caltrans proposed project to expand Highway 50 has been released:

You can view the DEIR online here.  The document is also available for review at a variety of locations, including the Central Library, the McClatchy Library, and the McKinley Neighboorhood Library.

At first glance, there are a couple particularly interesting (and dubious) conclusions in the Summary:

  1. Caltrans projects "isolated traffic volume increases" near entrance and exit ramps, but concludes that the project's impact on traffic would be "less than significant."
  2. The Air Quality impacts are limited to "short-term construction-related air emissions." If construction contractors comply with best management practices, Caltrans procedures, and applicable law, Caltrans claims the air quality impact will be "less than significant."

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