What is the Golden State Gateway Coalition?
What are the Coalition’s objectives?
Why should I support improvements to Interstate 5?
Who would benefit from the improvements to I-5?
What improvements are planned to be made to the freeway?
How much capacity would the proposed improvements add to the I-5 freeway?
How much traffic is there on I-5?
Does the freeway have enough capacity for growth now?
Where will most of the growth occur?
How did this project come about?
How much would the project cost, and how would it be financed?
What is the status of the project now?
What can I do to help make sure that the I-5 Gateway Improvement Project is built as soon as possible?
If I have more questions, who can I contact?
- Q: What is the Golden State Gateway Coalition?
A: The Golden State Gateway Coalition is a non-profit transportation, education and advocacy organization based in Santa Clarita. Our members include community leaders, business leaders and government officials who live in, work in and represent the interests of the fastest growing sub-region in Los Angeles County.
- Q: What are the Coalition’s objectives?
A: Our goal is to improve roadway mobility, safety and goods movement into and through northern Los Angeles County. The Interstate 5 corridor is our priority.
- Q: Why should I support improvements to Interstate 5?
A: We believe there are many factors in favor of making I-5 a more effective transportation corridor, and here are our “Top 10” reasons we believe the improvements warrant support:
1. Relieve congestion and improve mobility
2. Public safety
3. To facilitate goods movement
4. Jobs and economic development
5. To accommodate growth in commerce and population
6. Air quality and pollution abatement
7. Energy conservation
8. Homeland security and strategic importance
9. Facilitate access to basic services: healthcare, education, police and fire department
10. Improve the quality of life for Californians and everyone who uses the I-5.
- Q: Who would benefit from the improvements to I-5?
A: Virtually everyone. Every California business, resident, consumer and traveler depends on the safety and efficiency of the I-5 freeway. Since it is a valuable link between the northern and southern portions of the state, the health of I-5 is important not only to those who live near it and commute on it every day, but also every person throughout the state who relies on safe, efficient transportation of goods and services through this corridor.
- Q: What improvements are planned to be made to the freeway?
A: Caltrans has proposed to add northbound and southbound truck lanes and carpool (high occupancy vehicle) lanes to the I-5 corridor in northern Los Angeles County. This would greatly improve passenger and commercial vehicle mobility and safety in this busy and important corridor. Click here for a Caltrans fact sheet that outlines the various project alternatives.
- Q: How much capacity would the proposed improvements add to the I-5 freeway?
A: According to the MTA, adding carpool and truck lanes to the I-5 north of the I-5/SR14 interchange would increase roadway capacity by 50 percent in the vicinity of Calgrove Boulevard and the Newhall Pass.
- Q: How much traffic is there on I-5?
A: In northern Los Angeles County, the I-5 currently carries more than 200,000 vehicles every day. This includes more than 19,000 trucks. These daily numbers add up to a staggering 73 MILLION vehicles — including 7 million trucks — every year. As commerce and population growth occur in Southern California, these numbers will increase.
- Q: Does the freeway have enough capacity for growth now?
A: No. The I-5 freeway is already nearly at capacity. With Los Angeles County’s population expected to grow by 3 million in the next two decades, it would soon be beyond its capacity without major improvements. Traffic is projected to increase by 65 percent in the next 10 years and 114 percent in the next 20 years. Airport passenger and cargo traffic in the Los Angeles-southern Kern County region is expected to double in the next two decades, while seaport traffic is expected to triple.
- Q: Where will most of the growth occur?
A: Los Angeles County’s fastest-growing sub-region is the northern portion of the county, including the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.
- Q: How did this project come about?
A: A proposal for adding carpool (HOV) and truck lanes was originally suggested by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Specific project alternatives, environmental and other studies to move the project forward have been proposed by Caltrans.
- Q: How much would the project cost, and how would it be financed?
A: The total cost of the project has yet to be determined, depending on the alternative selected. Estimates are in the range of $250 million, with funding coming from county, state and federal sources. Initial federal funding of $1.6 million was authorized for the project in the national surface transportation authorization bill (SAFETEA-LU), passed in July 2005.
- Q: What is the status of the project now?
A: Caltrans is in the process of completing initial project scoping and preliminary environmental studies are under way. Status updates will be posted on the Coalition’s Web site throughout the process. For more information on the current status, click here.
- Q: What can I do to help make sure that the I-5 Gateway Improvement Project is built as soon as possible?
A: There are several ways you can express your support. You can join our coalition by making a contribution that is appropriate to your level of commitment to the project and ability to invest. The Coalition regularly sends members-only bulletins on the progress of the I-5 improvements and other transportation projects of interest. Members will also have access to special opportunities and events provided by the Coalition. If you are unable to join at this time, but would like to express your support and stay informed on the Coalition's efforts, you can be added to our newsletter mailing list at no cost.
- Q: If I have more questions, who can I contact?
A: Victor Lindenheim, executive director of the Coalition, would be glad to answer your questions. You can reach him at:
Mail: Golden State Gateway Coalition
25709 Rye Canyon Road, Suite 105
Santa Clarita, CA 91355