is wildlife out there, and it's our job to protect it. The Laguna
Laurel development project was defeated, thank goodness -- what a
tragedy that would have been.
After that, the changes to the road became more palatable to
They were, after all, talking about making one of the most
dangerous roads in Orange County a bit safer. There aren't many who
can drive down that road at night without their pulse at least a
little elevated by fear.
As the plans were made more concrete by the Laguna Canyon Road
Consensus Committee (albeit a bit illegally -- what's a little Brown
Act violation between friends?) even the environmentally astute were
Plans were waylaid by the bankruptcy. The project was initially to
begin in 1996 and completed in 1997. The bankruptcy put it on hold.
Finally, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the ground was broken (once they were
able to get the ceremonial spikes into the ground).
Now it begins: 3.9 miles of existing road will be realigned, 1.5
million cubic yards of dirt will be removed and 38,000 tons of
The roadbed will be moved west of the natural lakes in the canyon
-- designed to eliminate flooding and pollution. It seems to be a
Let's hear it for a safer canyon -- and let's hope the project is
undertaken with as little disruption to the environment as possible.