officials are considering a plan that would put trucks arriving
at or leaving the ports at Los Angeles and Long Beach into truck-only
lanes mostly paid for by truck tolls, The Press-Enterprise reported
on the highway could run as high as 57 cents a mile.
officials and the head of the California Trucking Association indicated
that the lanes would allow the use of longer combination vehicles,
the newspaper reported. Local officials indicated they hoped the
larger vehicles would cut pollution, while CTA President Bill Smerber
contended they could increase productivity.
Press-Enterprise reported that Mark Pisano, executive director
of the Southern California Association of Governments, contended
that the ability to carry heavier loads would lead to increased
earnings, which he said could help cover the toll cost.
of the truck lanes, which would include portions of I-710, Highway
60 and I-15, would be the lower deck of a double-deck highway, with
cars above. That route would take trucks from the port area to Barstow,
route would run more than 120 miles, placing the tolls for traveling
the entire length of the road at 57 cents a mile, at more than $68.
The double-decker road, if built, would run through some of the
most earthquake-prone areas in the United States.
The highway would have to pass through a number of approval processes before construction could proceed. If those approvals are secured, and the project does go forward, Pisano told the newspaper the first segments of the road could open by 2010.