To All Who Know the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Refuge…

The threat to our lovely Wildlife Area continues.  Your help is crucial!

Caltrans has just released a Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study (DEA/IS) on various alternatives for improving the connector from the southbound I-405 to the westbound US-101.  A new connector road is being proposed from the southbound 405 to the northbound 101.  Four alternative versions of the project are being considered.  Alternatives 2 or 3 would result in an on- and off-ramp being built in the Wildlife Reserve north of Burbank Blvd., west of the dam wall.

Please attend the public hearing on Wednesday May 14, 2008 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM at Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino.    

It is crucial that supporters show up to communicate their support for the Wildlife Reserve; that putting a freeway on- and off-ramp through the Reserve is unacceptable. 

No preferred alternative has been selected.  The meeting will give us a chance to indicate which alternative we prefer.  The number of people indicating they find alternatives 2 and 3 totally unacceptable will make a huge difference in the final decision.

The alternatives still on the table are:

  1. A new connector from the southbound 405 to northbound 101.  The Wildlife Reserve would remain intact.  Because there would be no freeway ramps in the Wildlife Reserve, vehicles entering the southbound 405 from Burbank Blvd. would not be able to transition onto the 101.
  2. A new connector from the southbound 405 to northbound 101. A constrained (tight curve) on- and off-ramp would be built through the Wildlife Reserve, north of Burbank Blvd.  This would require building a new Burbank Blvd. bridge over the 405.
  3. Like alternative 2, but the on- and off-ramps would have a larger curve and footprint through the Wildlife Reserve.  There would not be a new Burbank Blvd. bridge.
  4. No build alternative. 

You can also send in written comments.  Caltrans is accepting public comments through May 28, 2008.  You can e-mail eduardo_aguilar@dot.ca.gov or mail Mr. Ronald Kosinski, Deputy District Director; California Department of Transportation; Division of Environmental Planning (I405/101 Connector); 100 S. Main Street – Mail Stop 16A; Los Angeles, CA 90012.