Legal challenge is another roadblock for long-planned Mid County Parkway – Press Enterprise – California News

Legal challenge is another roadblock for long-planned Mid County Parkway – Press Enterprise – California News

There have been more twists and turns in the saga of the Mid County Parkway than there will be on the road itself — if it’s ever built.

The latest roadblock to the long-planned roadway linking Perris and San Jacinto is a coalition of conservation groups that filed an appeal in federal court to a ruling that would allow the project to move forward.

The Mid County Parkway is a proposed 16-mile east-west highway corridor between the 215 Freeway and Highway 79.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society and Friends of the Northern San Jacinto Valley have long been against the project, claiming it would cut through low-income neighborhoods, threaten wildlife preserves and worsen air pollution.

They call the environmental reports “misleading and incomplete.”

But the Riverside County Transportation Commission, which is overseeing the project, says its studies are environmentally sound and that the roadway is necessary to move a growing population across the county.

“RCTC’s reaction is one of frustration and disappointment,” Executive Director Anne Mayer said in a statement. “This project improves mobility, creates jobs and enhances public safety.  The appeal only delays the process and is another prime example of why transportation projects get delayed and cost more to build. The litigants have lost in state and federal court, and there is no reason to think they will succeed with the appeal. We look forward to prevailing in court.”

In separate cases, both federal and superior court judges upheld the project, saying it meets environmental requirements.

The appeal, filed Friday, July 28, challenges a U.S….

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