development director for transportation.
The plan has three parts, which will be discussed at a public meeting
next week. The proposed changes will not involve residential relocations,
Caltrans officials said.
One part of the project is to extend Empire Avenue beneath the
railroad tracks to connect with San Fernando Boulevard. The second is to
relocate the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway onramp to Empire Avenue.
The ramp is a quarter-mile north and cannot be accessed from Empire
Additionally, Caltrans will add a carpool lane in each direction of
the Golden State Freeway between the Ventura (134) and the Ronald Reagan
"It's an improvement that we've been working on with Caltrans for
about 10 years and we're getting very close," Herrmann said. "There's a
lot of engineering and design work that needs to be done."
Construction is expected to start at the end of 2004 and completed by
the end of 2006.
The projected cost is about $270 million, though Herrmann said the
exact figures and allocation of funding sources are still being
negotiated. Money will come from federal, state and city sources.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Public meeting to discuss city/Caltrans project for area around
Empire Avenue and the Golden State (5) Freeway.
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
WHERE: George Washington Elementary School at 2322 N. Lincoln St.