241 Extension Builders Figure If You Can't Beat 'Em, Piecemeal 'Em

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Developers of the despised Foothill (241) Toll Road expansion into San Clemente figure if you can't beat 'em, piecemeal 'em.

That's the takeaway from a Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency committee approving $206 million be spent for the first four miles of a planned 16-mile extension that would ultimately connect with the San Diego (5) Freeway in San Clemente.

The Finance and Operations Committee Wednesday dedicated another $3.8 million for plans to clear financial and environmental hurdles. The full Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) board must still approve the scheme, and no proposed completion dates have been released.

The southern section of the whole enchilada cuts through San Onofre State Beach, something that has produced vehement opposition from surfers, environmentalists and generally progressive politicians, and admonishments to try an alternative route from the state Coastal Commission and U.S. Commerce Department.

The new strategy would have the first phase pick up where the 241 currently ends at Oso Parkway and continue to a point near Ortega (74) Highway in San Juan Capistrano, something no one is going to get too worked up about. But phase two would extend the road farther to Avenida Pico in San Clemente, while the final section would link with the I-5. The final two sections are what has produced the most opposition.

To visualize, here is the complete proposed extension:

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Courtesy of the TCA
To get an idea of phase one, picture the route from just above Oso Parkway to a little bit shy of Ortega Highway:

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Courtesy of the TCA
Save Trestles, a coalition of many groups fighting the toll road expansion into South County, believes it has a better alternative: connecting the 241 with the San Joaquin Hills (73) Toll Road that runs from Irvine to Mission Viejo.

They call this plan The Beltway:

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Courtesy of Save Trestles
According to SaveTrestles.com:

Connecting the 241 and the 73 dots in Mission Viejo would ease south-county's east-west commute-conundrum by offering OC foothill communities a direct route to Irvine,  Costa Mesa and John Wayne Airport, bypassing freeway traffic as far east as Euclid at the 405, and Jamboree at I-5.

The Beltway creates a perfect south-county traffic loop. With improvements to Jamboree and Laguna Canyon Road now complete, residents could circle OC from Tustin to San Juan Capistrano and never touch a freeway!

Foes argue the TCA's north to south obsession is based on maps drawn up in the 1980s and '90s that included an international airport at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, a dead project that arose from the ashes as Irvine's Great Park.
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mitch young
mitch young

The classic 'beltway' goes around a city. Here it goes around the horsy properties at Ladera Rancho. Hella OC.

mitch young
mitch young

We could, of course, try high density, hipster/young urban family-friendly redevelopment near mass transit hubs in Central OC -- but you know who would bitch and moan about *that*.

mitch young
mitch young

People gotta live somewhere, and have roads to their houses, and more people means more roads and more houses.

Sas
Sas

"Despised" ... Really.... The majoprity of residents in San Clemente want an inland road out of here. And if not for hyped scare tactics, most would support a version of the 241.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

I've always wanted a direct link from Aliso Viejo to Rancho Santa Margarita... because, you know, Alicia Parkway just isn't cutting it for me anymore.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

But it's the great conundrum of OC that you should have a yard in which you can plant your fruit trees, large lawn (desert? what desert?), fancy gardens and pool, all of which are maintained by the people you think should GTFO.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

But lord knows you can't raise taxes to pay for the additional roads. Why, that would cause our "patriots" to actually point their cap guns at developers. For shame!

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

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mitch young
mitch young

I think it's sort of a chicken and egg problem: is the work maintaining these elaborate subtropical, water hungry gardens responsible for the demand for lots of gardeners? Or does the availability of inexpensive labor encourage homeowners -- and down here in SouthOC cities, go hog wild in planting high maintenance, labor and water intensive landscapes? I mean, you look at houses or areas of cities that have remained largely the same from the 1960s or 70s, you see a lot of plain grass and ice plant and junipers -- easy maintenance low water stuff, in which I would include established citrus and kumquats which, surprisingly, you really don't see much of any more.

Strangely, the pool boys down here seem to be mostly white Americans still. It's a surfer dude niche -- or maybe its true about housewives but they just aren't into Mexicans.

mitch young
mitch young

Who said anything about taxes? 

But did you know that in barely over two decades, OC/Cali sales tax has gone up from 6  to 8.75 percent? That's a 45% increase.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Also, as we've often reported, still more development springs up alongside the toll roads, causing even more traffic than what they were designed to mitigate supposedly.

mitch young
mitch young

Hey, there's been a sudden vacancy in a garage in Stanton. We can put a family there!

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