A group of homeowners has filed a lawsuit against the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies claiming that construction of the San Joaquin Hills toll road has damaged their homes.
Fourteen residents filed the suit last week seeking undetermined damages for cracked walls and foundations, along with emotional stress from construction noise.
“It’s been devastating for the people whose homes are being so seriously affected,” said Steven Nichols, who represents the homeowners.
Nichols said the loudest period of activity took place over several months starting in 1994. Some of the homes are as close as a few hundred yards from the toll road.
The residents own 10 homes on Avenida del Caballo, El Barat and Charreadas streets.
Toll road agencies representative Michele Miller said the agency could not comment until its officials have seen a copy of the lawsuit.
The suit also named several contractors as co-defendants, including the Granite Construction Co., Kiewit Pacific Co. and California Corridor Constructors.
Stretching from Laguna Beach to Laguna Niguel, the first segment of the San Joaquin Hills toll road is scheduled to open in July.