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Tesoro Toll Road Seeks Permit In San Diego

This story was updated at 10:00 a.m.

Aired 6/18/13 on KPBS News.

Part of a toll road from Orange County that was rejected by the California Coastal Commission four years ago is before the Regional Water Quality Control Board in San Diego on Wednesday. Opponents of the Tesoro Extension say the project threatens the San Onofre State Park, a famous surfing spot.

Part of a toll road from Orange County that was rejected by the California Coastal Commission four years ago is before the Regional Water Quality Control Board in San Diego on Wednesday. Opponents the Tesoro Extension said the project threatens the San Onofre State Park, a famous surfing spot.

Proposed Toll Road rejected in 2008 by California Coastal Commission

An Orange County-based toll road agency, the Transportation Corridor Agency, plans to build a section of toll road designed to take pressure off freeways north of San Diego.

But Damon Nagami of the Natural Resources Defense Council said this five-mile section would lead directly to a 16-mile section already rejected by the California Coastal Commission.

“This is a toll road to nowhere,” Nagami said. “Right now, the section the agency is trying to build ends in a dirt road, and, if continued, the road would continue through a wetland and eventually through San Onofre State Beach, one of the most popular state parks."

The Transportation Corridor Agency resurrected the first leg of the controversial toll road three months ago.

Supporters say the road would create 2,000 jobs in Orange County and relieve heavy traffic congestion in the area.

Water Quality Control Board staff recommend approval of the permit, following agreements to provide a 'Runoff Management Plan" to address concerns about pollution reaching nearby creeks.

The Transportation Corridor Agency said there are no other extensions to the road in the planning stage at this time.

Comments

Avatar for user 'wellis'

wellis | June 18, 2013 at 8:38 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

This is a very biased and misleading story. You only talked to opponents of the road. How about talking to proponents, such as many organizations and institutions in San Diego and Orange County, including the economic development corporations, labor unions and residents. The proposed five-mile extension is in the heart of Orange County, 10 miles from the beach. It is designed to relieve growing congestion on I-5 and even community streets. It is in the middle of a major growth area in Orange County -- some 1 million people in a 10-mile radius, so it is hardly the road to nowhere. Why did you just use the sound bites provided by the opposition? This is incredibly poor, one-sided reporting. You could have spent an extra hour and talked to someone at TCA to get the facts.

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Alison St John, KPBS Staff | June 19, 2013 at 10:14 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Point taken Wellis! Fuller arguments in the linked story are now added to this version.

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Boardwalker | June 19, 2013 at noon ― 1 year, 2 months ago

This is still biased. The arguments against the 5 mile road are specious yet given prominent location in the "read" of the article. This road is actually 10 miles from the coast, 10 miles from Trestles and 10 miles from the state park.

They say it will lead to 16 miles of road someday, really? Sounds like non-profit embellishment for $$$ fundraising.

The 5 mile extension from Oso Pkwy to Hwy 74 provides real value to the 14,000 homes being built in Rancho Mission Viejo. It also has ZERO impact on the Trestles wave formation, ZERO impact on wetlands and ZERO impact on San Onofre State Beach.

Where is this information in your article?

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