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Liberty Quarry Suffers Another Setback

Granite Construction’s Liberty Quarry project in Temecula, Calif., suffered another setback. According to news reports, Riverside County, Calif., supervisors voted 3-2 against the proposed 414-acre quarry to be located between Temecula’s southern border and the San Diego County line.

Temecula Mayor Chuck Washington said the location is unsuitable for quarries of any size.

The city is now seeking ways to prevent mining at the proposed quarry site that could include a bid to annex the property, which would give the city control over how it is used.

Meanwhile, Granite Construction executive Gary Johnson told the local media his company is considering its options. One scenario would be for Granite to revise and re-submit its quarry plan to the county.

Supporters said the quarry would support nearly 300 jobs, generate $300 million in sales tax revenue and ease a looming aggregate shortage. They added the quarry wouldn’t be seen or heard while improving air quality by taking diesel-emitting gravel trucks off county roads.