By G. Klasse, San Clemente
As we all should know, last month Interstate-5 northbound from San Onofre to Ortega Highway was at a standstill from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This was due to a hazardous-material spill near the San Joaquin Creek Road exit.
My wife had a doctor’s appointment off the Sand Canyon Exit from the 405 Freeway at 1 p.m. We left our home in Forester Ranch at 12:15 p.m. with plenty of time to go the 15 miles, but as I was nearing the Camino de Estrella onramp to the I-5 north, I heard the news about the stoppage. I couldn’t turn onto the onramp, as it was backed up onto Camino de Los Mares. So I attempted to go to Pacific Coast Highway through Capo Beach, but that also was backed up. I tried to get to San Juan Capistrano. No luck. All stopped. So we had to turn around and go home.
This was a good example of what has happened several times over the past 19 years we have lived here in San Clemente. All streets out of the city were backed up and stopped with the belching of diesel fumes, carbon monoxide and pollutants all over our city. This can only be rectified by getting the 241 Toll Road extended and completed now. I hope all the environmentalists and surfers had to suffer this inconvenience. God forbid if we had an emergency at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station or worse.

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