Thursday, February 07, 2008

Trestles is safe... for now

After a raucous 18 hour meeting, the project to connect the Highway 241 toll road with Interstate 5 right through the California state park has been denied. But for how long?

If one follows the arguments of the proponents for extending Highway 241, it ought to go inland, skirting the Camp Pendelton Marine Base and the Cleveland National Forest, serving the fast-growing communities from Fallbrook through San Marcos; connecting with Highway 78, and then either Highway 15 or eventually the 5. After all, that's where the fastest growing communities are in northern San Diego County, and the greatest freeway congestion.

As anyone who drives along the California coast is aware, if any pristine stretch of the coast should be obliterated for a six-lane freeway, it should be Pacific Coast Highway between the Oxnard Plain and Pacific Palisades. Fortunately, there are enough millionaires residing there (FOA; Friends of Arnold) who consider Malibu to be their personal enclave we can be assured that will never happen.

The Embarcadero Freeway, which God, and/or the San Andreas Fault sought fit to destroy in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, was but one link in chain of proposed highways that would have made San Francisco more freeway-centric than Los Angeles. Hey--San Francisco has enough hills that they wouldn't miss a few of 'em being blasted to smithereens in the name of progress, right?

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