(a) The Legislature finds and declares as follows:
(1) Transportation is vital to the state's economy, and a complete transportation
system is essential in times of disaster.
(2) Transportation corridors should be protected from uses which are incompatible
with transportation requirements.
(3) Important potential transportation corridors are being developed for other purposes.
(b) It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature in enacting this division to vest
in the Department of Transportation responsibility for implementing a program of transportation
right-of-way protection and conservation within essential transportation corridors
by acquiring and holding transportation corridor lands which would otherwise be lost
to public use.
(c) It is the further intent of the Legislature in enacting this division to preserve
land which is needed or will be needed for transportation corridors consistent with
applicable environmental protection laws and regulations.
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