Amid continuing consternation over plans to put tollbooths on Newport Coast Drive, City Council members agreed this week to work with toll-wary city officials in Newport Beach to try to alter toll-road plans.
"It's come to the point where this is a political problem," tollbooth opponent and Irvine resident George Gallagher told council members Tuesday night.
"What we need to do is have the council member representatives from both communities get together and hammer out some type of solution," said Gallagher, president of the Irvine Conservancy.
A group of Newport Beach homeowners filed a lawsuit in September to stop the Transportation Corridor Agencies' plans to incorporate a 1 1/2-mile section of Newport Coast Drive into the San Joaquin Hills toll road. Irvine council members in March approved an extension that would allow motorists to bypass the planned tollbooths, connecting Newport Coast Drive to Bonita Canyon Road.