IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orange County Business Council commends today's momentous agreement to end 15 years of dispute and litigation over the SR 241 Toll Road Extension. The decision between Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA), California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Save San Onofre Coalition, the California Park and Recreation Commission and the Native American Heritage Commission presents an opportunity for TCA to consider a number of transportation project ideas— including completion of the State Route 241–Interstate 5 connection while protecting sensitive lands and cultural resources within the San Mateo Creek watershed, including San Onofre State Beach and the Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy.

"Congratulations to all for their hard work and dedication. To move forward after decades of litigation on real traffic relief solutions for South Orange County while protecting its environmental treasures including Trestles, San Onofre State Park, sacred sites, endangered species habitat and open space is truly momentous," said Lucy Dunn, president and CEO, OCBC. "OCBC strives to enhance the economic vitality of Orange County and this partnership is a move in the right direction; building a strong economy, enhancing mobility for people and goods, and providing real environmental protections are mutually beneficial to a thriving Orange County. OCBC will remain actively engaged to realize these goals as the settlement is implemented."

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Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County's economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America's sixth largest county. For more information, visit www.ocbc.org

CONTACT: Delaine Moore, Director of Communications 949.794.7220 or dmoore@ocbc.orgSource:Orange County Business Council