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710 Tunnel Decision

Dec 10, 2012

710 web reg 300x250 710 Tunnel Decision SR 710 Pasadena City Council 710 Tunnel 710 freeway 710 expansion plan  photoToday the Pasadena City Council will “take a position” on the 710 Freeway tunnel. Should a tunnel complete the Long Beach Freeway, creating a link from the 10 to the 210 Freeways?

The council’s position, though, may not possess any genuine significance. Councilman Terry Tornek states, “Frankly, I’ve been asking to have this brought forward much sooner. I think the public deserves to have an opportunity to know how we feel about this stuff. But I also think there is a misconception about the influence the council can have in all of this. This isn’t our project and we are not the decision-makers here.”

in 2001, voters approved of Measure A, which would “complete” the 710 Freeway between the I-10 and the I-210, also known as the “710 gap closure.” Since then, Metro has narrowed all the different ideas and options down to 5 possible solutions:

1) Don’t build anything
2) Rapid bus transit
3) Light rail transit
4) “Traffic management solutions”
5) Build a tunnel

Supposedly, a final report detailing these options is to be released this month.

Councilman Victor Gordo invites all interested parties to attend tonight’s meeting at the Pasadena Convention Center. “This is a complex issue that involves not just the city of Pasadena, but the region, and I would urge people on all sides of the issue to attend the meeting to give us their feedback and then allow for a debate that results in a decision that is in the city’s best interest.”

More information on the State Route 710 Study can be found through Metro, including a listing of several Open House meetings that will be held during the third week of January 2013.

710 Freeway Meeting
Monday, Dec. 10th, 7:30 p.m.
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green St.

Editor’s note: Thank you to Lauren Gold of the Pasadena Star-News and the City of Pasadena for information pertinent to this post.

 




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