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State Agency OpposesToll Road Through San Onofre Park

A proposal to build a toll road through the state park at San Onofre State Beach is getting a thumbs down from a state agency staff report. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

State Agency OpposesToll Road Through San Onofre Park

A proposal to build a toll road through the state park at San Onofre State Beach is getting a thumbs down from a state agency staff report. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

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The California State Parks Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council says the proposed six-lane Foothill South toll road would damage the state park. The group's say the California Coastal Commission's staff report recommends rejecting the 16-mile long toll road proposal.

James Birkelund is an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council who has read the 236-page report.

<b> Birkelund </b> : It finds in addition to destroying the park the staff concluded that this is the most environmentally destructive alternative. So I think what's clear is the Foothill South is uniquely destructive and it's exactly the sort of project that the coastal act was designed to prevent.

He says the road would fragment one of the last remaining watersheds and coastal canyon ecosystems in Southern California. Supporters say it will relieve congestion on part of I-5. The coastal commission considers the toll road proposal at its October 11th meeting in San Pedro.

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Ed Joyce, KPBS News.