Residents blast Caltrans for noise, tree removal in Interstate 5 widening
Some Glendale residents are complaining about construction noise and other issues related to the major project to widen the 5 Freeway.
The residents, many of them homeowners near freeway at Western Avenue, said the California Department of Transportation did not give notice on key construction dates or consult with neighbors on the removal of dozens of mature trees that provided significant screening.
Caltrans engineer Kin Kwan said construction on the $153-million project began in February and is expected to be completed in 2014. It involves widening the freeway along a 2.7-mile stretch between the 134 Freeway and Magnolia Boulevard in order to accommodate new carpool lanes.
“In order to do that, we have to make room, so to speak,” Kwan said. “We have to widen the freeway in order to make room for the HOV lane. The strategy of this project is, first we attack the outside.”
Photo: Cut trees are loaded onto a truck for removal from an area adjacent to the southbound 5 Freeway near Winchester Avenue and Lake Street in Glendale on April 22, 2011. Credit: Times Community News