Foothill South toll road dealt major blow by U.S. Commerce Department
The controversial Foothill South toll road, proposed to connect south Orange County with north San Diego County, was handed a major blow this morning when the U.S. Commerce Department announced it would uphold the state Coastal Commission’s rejection of the plan.
Today’s decision is another and perhaps fatal – setback for the
proposed 16-mile turnpike, which had been blasted by environmentalists for cutting through a popular beachfront state park and lauded by transportation planners as vital to easing the region’s gridlock.
I honestly don’t know what TCA can do to take this any further. There seems to be a strong consensus emerging that the Toll Road to Trestles does nothing to alleviate traffic congestion while causing a world of harm to the ecosystem of one of the state’s most popular state parks. Now with both the Coastal Commission and Bush’s Commerce Department rejecting TCA’s plan to build a road through San Onofre State Beach, “Foothill South” may finally be dead.
And oh my, it’s about time!