California Senate Appropriations Committee has voted 8-3
on April 7 to support a bill that would allow private companies
to build a toll road in the Los Angeles area.
introduced by state Sen. W.J. Knight, R-Palmdale, specifically
calls for a new highway to relieve traffic problems along
state Highway 138. The bill now moves to the Senate floor,
where it could be voted on as early as Thursday, April 10.
However, a spokesman at the state Senate said the bill would
not likely be voted on until after April 21, when legislators
return from their Easter break.
new highway called for in the bill 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.
amendment added to the bill March 25 would prohibit the
department from closing Route 138 upon completion of the
toll road and would also require the Legislature's approval
of any agreement to build the toll road.
attached to the bill indicated that accidents and fatalities
on the highway have increased in recent years, spurring the
call for the toll road proposal.
H. Reddig, associate editor
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