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710 Freeway Extension Public Hearing

   PASADENA (CNS) - At the first public hearing on closing the gap on the
Long Beach (710) Freeway into Pasadena, most speakers favored building a tunnel
and opposed a light rail system, according to the Pasadena Star-News.
   Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation
Authority have been studying different ways to move traffic between Valley
Boulevard in Alhambra and Pasadena. A Draft Environmental Impact Report /
Environmental Impact Statement considers five options: a no-build option, a
traffic management system that would upgrade streets and sync traffic lights, a
busway, a light rail line that would connect East Los Angeles and Pasadena and
a freeway tunnel.
   Most of the 51 speakers at the public hearing on Saturday favored
continuing the freeway with a tunnel under El Sereno, Alhambra, South Pasadena
and Pasadena, according to the Pasadena Star-News.
  • TomG says:

    I read the California DOT report, which dismissed a possible detour if the 710 is never completed. I strongly believe they should increase capacity of the 110 freeway with a direct connection to the 210 freeway. The 110 should be widened 2 lanes on each side or made into a stacked deck with 4 lanes on top of each other. This would be cheaper than a tunnel that is proposed to cost 3 billion dollars. (The impediment to this approach is the LA river. The solution is stacking the freeway instead of widening it. Or maybe build on top of the river.)

    The 110 freeway currently doesn’t connect to the 210 freeway. It dumps into the residential streets. This makes no sense to reduce congestion. The supporting freeways should be widened with additional lanes such as the 5 and 10 freeways, which will be the detour routes from the 710 freeway.

    Nonetheless, I do support the tunnel.