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|September 20, 2018|
Proposed Mid-County Parkway gets new lease on life
PERRIS – (INT) – The last remaining environmental obstacle to the proposed Mid-County Parkway appears to have been resolved.
The Riverside County Transportation Commission has agreed to contribute $13.2 million for soundproofing or improving air filtration of nearby homes and fund the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority to preserve sensitive habitat near the San Jacinto Wildlife Area and other sensitive lands that are home to endangered species.
Additional terms of the settlement will include improvements to parkland in Perris, the addition of Park and Ride lots.
The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, Friends of the Northern San Jacinto Valley, and Residents for a Livable Moreno Valley had challenged environmental approval of the parkway which would link Perris and San Jacinto.
An Environmental Impact Report for the project in 2016 and was challenged in state and federal court by the same group of plaintiffs. Environmental review has been upheld by both the state and federal courts. However, reaching a settlement now heads off pending appeals.
Funding of the Mid-County Parkway has yet to be approved.
Story Date: July 12, 2018