LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Transportation Committee Monday unanimously approved a resolution to oppose the F-7 tunnel route for the proposed 710 Freeway extension.
The committee also voted to oppose five other alternative routes proposed by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the alternatives analysis phase of its three-year EIR.
Last week, Metro announced it had eliminated those five routes and chosen the final five options it will study more in-depth, which includes an underground tunnel connecting the 10 and 210 Freeways.
The City Council will vote on the resolution opposing all six alternative routes, proposed by Councilman Jose Huizar, Tuesday at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street. Huizar said Monday he wanted to keep the other five routes on the city's resolution as a precaution.
Locals were pleased with the results of Monday's special Transportation Committee meeting and said they hoped the council would also approve the resolution.
"If approved by the full L.A. City Council, Mr. Huizar's resolution will send a clear message to Metro and Caltrans that northeast Los Angeles and the surrounding communities deserve much better than another eight lanes of freeway, traffic and pollution," San Rafael Neighborhood Association member John Shaffer said.
Shaffer said more than 40 residents from El Sereno, Highland Park, Garvanza, Pasadena, South Pasadena and other local communities attended


Monday's meeting and spoke out against Metro's proposal to fill in the 710 "gap" between Alhambra and Pasadena. lauren.gold@sgvn.com, 626-578-6300, ext. 4586