San Diego opposes toll road in state park as hearing looms

| 9/28/2007

Environmental groups say the addition of San Diego to the opposition of a toll road through a state beach is significant leading up to a public hearing in October.

The San Diego City Council voted 6-2 this week to join Los Angeles, San Francisco and 10 other California cities opposing a 16-mile extension of the California Route 241 Toll Road, also called the Foothill Transportation South Toll Road.

The Transportation Corridors Agencies have proposed to build the toll road – proposed as congestion relief for Interstate 5 – through the San Onofre State Beach in Orange County and part of San Diego County.

The applicants, who must meet numerous state and federal requirements, will present their case to the California Coastal Commission during a public hearing Oct. 11 at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel, 601 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. The toll road application is scheduled as the final item on the agenda.

Environmental groups quoted in the Los Angeles Times say San Diego’s opposition is significant as officials took time to make up their minds.

San Diego officials stated the need for alternatives to avoid the destruction of parkland in the name of economic development.

– By David Tanner, staff writer