A bill that
would allow private companies to build a toll road in the Los
Angeles area has failed in committee, but the bills proponents
have already secured a second chance for the measure.
by state Sen. W.J. Knight, R-Palmdale, specifically calls for
a highway to relieve traffic problems along state Highway 138.
text of the bill called for the new road to run between Palmdale
and Victorville in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The
amended version that will be considered now extends that to include
the entire State Highway 138 corridor running through the
Antelope Valley and the Victor Valley in Los Angeles and
San Bernardino counties
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.
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
to the bill indicated that accidents and fatalities on the highway
have increased in recent years, spurring the call for the toll
bill passed the Senate April 10 by a vote of 28-5. A hearing is
set before the Assembly Transportation Committee July 7.