Thursday, June 20, 2013
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board narrowly rejected a permit for a five mile section of the Foothills toll road just north of the San Diego County line.
The Orange County-based Transportation Corridor Authority said the five-mile extension would ease congestion on Interstate 5 near Mission Viejo.
But three Water Quality Board members agreed with opponents, who said the extension was a piece of a larger plan that would ultimately take the toll road through the pristine San Onofre State Park.
One board member said it was like voting on one-third of a bridge, knowing the other two-thirds would have to follow to complete the bridge.