New toll/carpool lane being considered for the I5 freeway in Santa Clarita.
The plan: to add a 13.5 mile extra lane between the 14/5 junction and castaic on the 5 freeway.
The idea: to reduce congestion, smog, add jobs The criticism: drivers would pay a toll for using the lane.... A lone driver, all the time. A driver and one passenger, during peak hours.
Similar to what's being tried on the 10 and 110 freeways, except that in Santa Clarita, a private company would be involved....to acquire funds faster and finish the project by 2018-19.
Yes,we approved prop R recently to raise our taxes for road projects just like this.
Yes, some prop R funds are slated for Santa Clarita, but, it would take 30 years to complete the project, according to those supporting the project.
The next informational meeting is Thursday,
February 28 at Rancho Pico Jr High 26250 Valencia bld, Stevenson Rwnch. 6-8 But
these are only informational gatherings, the hearings on this will not be till
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