that would allow private companies to build a toll road in
the Los Angeles area has passed the California Senate and
is now before the Assembly.
introduced by state Sen. W.J. Knight, R-Palmdale, specifically
calls for a highway to relieve traffic problems along state
Highway 138. The Senate approved the bill earlier this month
by a vote of 27-5.
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. Notes 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.