After being approved on a bipartisan 12-0 vote from the Senate Transportation Committee,
SB 1373, authored by Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), is set to be voted on by the full Senate on or before June 25, 2020. The City of San Clemente is asking residents to support that measure and urges you to let the Members of the State Senate to know of your support. Please contact Senator Bates and the other Members of the State Senate at https://www.senate.ca.gov/senators.
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SB 1373 will be a win for South Orange County regional mobility, the environment and taxpayers.
“Once again, the City of San Clemente is encouraged by the fact that SB 1373 is moving forward and has the opportunity to protect South Orange County from future decisions that may create devastating economic and environmental damage to protected open spaces,” said Laura Ferguson, Mayor Pro Tem of San Clemente.
“SB 1373 fixes the issues with the original SR-241 Toll Road alignment,” stated Councilmember Chris Hamm. “As a surfer and environmentalist, I supported the TCA’s settlement to not put the Toll Road Extension through Trestles. However, trading one environmentally-sensitive area for another is not the right move either.”
“It is great to see SB 1373 go to the full Senate floor for a vote,” stated Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel). “SB 1373, when signed into law, will memorialize the March 12, 2020 decision by the TCA and allow South Orange County residents to sleep well, with the knowledge that their beautiful cities will not be bisected by a toll road.”
This bill is necessary to remove from the books a highway that state and regional transportation agencies have decided to abandon due to its devastating environmental, economic, cultural, and societal costs. SB 1373 deletes from the state highway system the portion of State Route 241 from State Route 5 south of the City of San Clemente to Oso Parkway east of the City of Mission Viejo.
The Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) is considering alternatives to address mobility in South Orange County, including various potential routes to extend the 241 toll road from the existing southern terminus at Oso Parkway to a direct connection with Interstate 5. At its September 6, 2016 meeting, the City Council received an update on the process and potential conceptual alternatives developed up to that time.
- Superior Court of the State of California County of Orange Case No.30-2017-00934703-CU-PT-CXC
- City of San Clemente Toll Road Lawsuit Fact Sheet
Latest News:Comments Regarding the Public Scoping Notice Letter 02-05-2020 South County Traffic Relief Effort Public Scoping Notice Public Notice 10-31-2019
SCTRE Comment Card_English SCTRE Scoping Meetings Release 11-8-19
11-06-2019 - TCA Town Hall meeting 11-13-2019
San Clemente Mayor Steve Swartz appeared on the John and Ken Show on KFI AM 640 on Tuesday March 12, 2019. The topic of their discussion was an LA Times article released on March 10, titled "While you sit in traffic, these tollway consultants charge the public $185 an hour for reading news."
Toll Road Town Hall Meeting Recorded Public Comments
The public may submit written comments/documentation at:
- San Clemente Hosts Toll Road Town Hall
- San Clemente Comments for South County Traffic Relief Effort Draft PSR-PDS
- IBI Traffic Study Presentation | Revised 03/20/2018
- Press Release | 03-01-2018 | Study Shows SR-241 Toll Road Extension Will Create More Traffic in South Orange County
- https://www.ocregister.com/ San Clemente officials argue proposed toll road extension would cost $2 billion, make traffic worse