- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A plan to add freeway, rail, bicycle, pedestrian and environmental improvements along a 27-mile section of Interstate 5 in Diego County has cleared a major hurdle.

U-T San Diego reports (https://bit.ly/1oKPNjG ) the $6.5 billion proposal won unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday.

Known as the North Coast Corridor program, the project would stretch through six cities from La Jolla to Oceanside.

The newspaper says the plan is considered one of the largest and most complex to date for the California Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for building it.

Transportation officials are still raising funds. And the freeway expansion piece is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit by critics.

The new lanes would be added to the middle of the interstate, costing an estimated $3.5 billion.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com


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