Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Eminent Domain Round-Up: Road Improvements in San Diego



A Final EIR (Environmental Impact Report) is expected to be released this summer for Caltrans’ I-5 North Coast HOV/Express Lanes Project in Northern San Diego County. The purpose of this project is to improve traffic conditions on the 5 freeway by adding two HOV lanes both in the north and south direction, between La Jolla Village Drive and Harbor Drive in Oceanside. According to Caltrans District 11, daily traffic along this stretch of the I-5 could reach 300,000 by the year 2030.

A road widening project in the city of Ramona will affect property owners in the area. Settlements for land acquisition consisting of partial takings and temporary construction easements have been reached, except for the owners of two parcels. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the widening of San Vicente Road is intended to improve safety conditions on a twisting 2-mile portion of the street where over 20 car accidents have taken place in the past five years.


The City of Santee held a Resolution of Necessity hearing on July 10, 2013 to approve eminent domain for approximately 50 parcels of land earmarked for the Prospect Avenue Widening project. Improving traffic conditions, relocating utilities and adding bike lanes along a 1-mile portion of Prospect Avenue are among the project goals.