The City Council has decided to fight a lawsuit aimed at halting all planning for a $3-million overpass for Yale Avenue at the Santa Fe railroad tracks in central Irvine.
After a 20-minute closed-door meeting Tuesday night, the council announced that it will defend the suit in Superior Court in Santa Ana.
Mayor Larry Agran and Councilman Ed Dornan, who oppose the railroad overpass, voted not to fight the suit. The two men said they agree with the suit, which contends that the city should conduct a new environmental impact report on the bridge because its first report was flawed.
The lawsuit was filed in early December, after the council voted 3 to 2 to build the overpass following an emotional debate. Opponents of the project on Yale south of Walnut Avenue in the Deerfield Village area gathered more than 3,200 signatures against the project.