Update 8:01 p.m.: Permit denied
The Regional Water Quality Control Board in San Diego denied a permit Wednesday night for a five-mile extension of the 241 toll road. The vote was 3-2 against the permit application.
The board heard hours of arguments this afternoon that stretched into the evening.
The water quality board's staff had recommended approving the permit.
Update 12:03 p.m.: Board to consider 241 toll road extension
The Regional Water Quality Control Board is expected to consider a proposal this afternoon by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) for a five-mile extension of the 241 toll road.
The board says it will take up the matter after 1 p.m. They'll be livestreaming video of the discussion on their website.
The plan would extend the 241 toll road from where it now ends at Oso Parkway to Cow Camp Road near the Ortega Highway.
Though the extension is only a few miles, critics contend that the TCA is trying to an end-around to build the toll road extension that was rejected four years ago by the California Coastal Commission and the Bush administration.
"Their segmentation approach is a guise to build the entire road down to San Onofre State Beach," the Surfrider Foundation said on its website. "Not only does TCA’s plan circumvent important laws, this approach makes absolutely no sense."
The TCA says that the extension would help alleviate traffic in South Orange County, and create more than 2,000 jobs.
The agency wants to begin construction on the $200 million extension at the end of this year, and open to road to drivers in 2016.