D.C. trip rekindles San Clemente toll-road debateA year after the U.S. secretary of commerce killed a controversial plan to run a toll road south of San Clemente through a state park, San Clemente City Council members are concerned about the alternative suggested by the Commerce Department – a toll road through San Clemente.
On Tuesday night, council members said they expect to vote in January on a resolution opposing a toll road into San Clemente.
The topic is back on the table following a trip that now-Mayor Jim Dahl, who represents San Clemente on the Transportation Corridor Agencies – which runs Orange County's toll roads – took to Washington, D.C., with a TCA delegation two weeks ago.
Dahl's colleagues asked him Tuesday what the TCA had talked about and how federal officials responded. Dahl said there was nothing concrete – TCA delegates discussed last year's rejection of the TCA's plan to route a 16-mile extension of the 241 Toll Road from Oso Parkway to south of San Clemente. It would have merged with I-5 at Basilone Road. Dahl said the group also talked about alternative routes that would cut through San Clemente.