Senate Approves Legislation to Protect San Clemente from Toll Road Extension

Friday, June 26, 2020

The California State Senate today approved Senate Bill 1373 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enshrine into law that no toll road extension will go through the City of San Clemente.

“I thank Senate Democrats and Republicans for approving my bill to keep San Clemente and other communities together,” said Senator Bates. “SB 1373 does not preclude Orange County from implementing projects that have local support. As the bill goes to the Assembly, I am committed to working with stakeholders to address their concerns.”

SB 1373 would clarify existing law that State Route 241 will not run through the City of San Clemente. The bill would remove from state law a highway alignment that state and regional transportation agencies have abandoned due to its significant environmental and economic costs.

On March 12, 2020, the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) – which oversees Orange County’s toll roads – announced that it was no longer considering extending SR 241 that would cut through San Clemente. However many San Clemente residents remain concerned that there is nothing preventing the TCA in the future from reconsidering the abandoned option. SB 1373 would help ensure that the TCA cannot extend the toll road through the middle of San Clemente.

The bill will now go to the Assembly for its consideration.