Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Protect San Clemente from Toll Road Extension

Friday, May 29, 2020

The Senate Transportation Committee 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.

“Today’s outcome is a major step towards ensuring that a potential toll road extension will not tear the City of San Clemente apart,” said Senator Bates. “If signed into law, SB 1373 will give San Clemente residents the certainty they desire to keep their city together for future generations. I will continue to work with stakeholders as the bill moves forward this year.”

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 Senate Appropriations Committee for its consideration.