is scheduled for April 7 on a bill that would allow private
companies to build a toll road in the Los Angeles area. The
hearing will take place before the Senate Appropriations
introduced by state Sen. W.J. Knight, R-Palmdale, specifically
calls for a highway to relieve traffic problems along state
Highway 138. The new highway would lie in the Highway 138
corridor between Palmdale and Victorville in Los Angeles
and San Bernardino counties. The Los Angeles Times said
the freeway-style road would run along Avenue P-8 extending
across the Antelope Valley's east side.
the bill, the company building the road could collect tolls
to recover its costs, and would lease the road from the state
for up to 35 years. However, California would retain ownership
of the road. According to notes attached to the bill, accidents
and fatalities on the highway have increased in recent years.