Back from the dead, a proposal to build the first segment of the 241 toll road was certified by the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency ("TCA") on April 18, 2013. On May 22, 2013, a vigilant group of environmentalists, including Surfrider Foundation, resurrected our California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") lawsuit that challenged the original 16-mile toll road proposal in 2006. The fight to Save Trestles has now moved to court again.
over a decade, Surfrider Foundation has been opposing the ill-conceived
plan to build the Foothill-South Toll Road, which was originally
aligned to go straight through a senstive watershed and bisect a state
park. Surfrider objects to the toll road's potential harm to water
quality, endangered species and habitat, loss of state park land, and
impairment to coastal recreational resources. In February 2008, the
California Coastal Commission ruled that the toll road was unacceptable
for these reasons under the Coastal Act, after thousands of concerned
citizens voiced opposition at the Commission hearing. The U.S. Secretary
of Commerce also upheld the Coastal Commission’s decision after the TCA
appealed in 2008. However, in 2013, the TCA approved proceeding with
the first 5.5-mile segment of this toll road, which does not enter the
Coastal Zone (yet). The environmental groups believe this is just the
first part of the full toll road and that the TCA would like to start
building now so they can gain political momentum for the full road.
To learn all the gory details about the lawsuit check out Surfrider's Coastal Blog article by our Legal Director Angela Howe.