Is the Foothill Corridor the Answer?

Is the Foothill Transportation Corridor the Answer?

I don’t know, but what I do know is that there needs to be another transportation artery between Orange County and San Diego. Last Thursday I headed to San Diego for Comic-Con International. Luckily I took the train. Shortly after 7:00am word was out that there was an accident on the 5 Fwy south at Las Pulgas. As we passed Basilone, the last exit to find an alternative route in Orange County, the traffic started backing up. I got the word out via Twitter and email to my friends that were traveling south to find alternative routes, but some were already stuck in the mess. 200807271202.jpg 200807271202.jpg

The back up was over 2 hours long. The reason? An accident involving an overturned truck and some cars blocking all but one lane, plus the hillside on fire.

Here is a photo I took from the passing train:


This raises the question:

While the Foothill Corridor extension may help to alleviate traffic through South Orange County in the case of an accident, what recourse is there to alleviate the bottleneck on the 5 South through Camp Pendleton?



1 Comment so far

  1. Dave Share (daveshare) on July 27th, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

    I know there’s the whole thing going on with the area residents trying to ban the corridor, but it is a necessity. We need more routes south and that area is prime real estate. (I’m curious how many of those naysayers will take the road once it’s built) We also need to work on other ways south. Widening the 5 would be nice, but as we’ve seen through Anaheim, that only works for so long.

    I’ve always said there needs to be a super highway through southern California with exits only at major cities. Just imagine. L.A. to Orange County in 3 exits. OC to SD in….2? I dunno. Just an idea.

    I’m still pissed the tunnel to the 15 got shut down.

    And where’s our flying cars dammit!!!???

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