The Toll Road has been a contentious issue in Southern California for decades.
Over the past several years, the fight over the toll road has grown from a parochial transportation feud into a battle that entangled the state's top leaders. The route chosen by transportation officials would have cut a six-lane turnpike through a state park and skirted the sands of the famed Trestles surf break. That prospect galvanized environmental conservation and surfing groups who were joined by several prominent state officials in opposing the road.
On the other side, advocates hailed the proposed Foothill South toll road as the key to absorbing the traffic triggered by mushrooming development in southern Orange County and the steady truck traffic in and out of San Diego County. The road was decades in the planning, and dozens of routes were studied before planners picked the proposed 16-mile path.
In February, the California Coastal Commission rejected that route, but advocates hoped -- and conservation groups feared -- that the Bush Administration would step in to save it. But in its 28-page decision, the U.S. Commerce Department upheld the commission's position.
One that was mentioned was having the toll road go through San Clemente. Since these are the people that want this so bad, I think that they should pay the environmental price for it.
The LA Times reported on this issue.