Liu: Toss the 710 tunnel from study
La Cañada lawmaker latest to weigh in on controversy over Long Beach (710) Freeway extension.
State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) on Tuesday called for regional transportation officials to eliminate consideration of a tunnel extending the Long Beach (710) Freeway to Pasadena, becoming the latest to lawmaker to stake out a position in an increasingly hot debate.
Liu on Tuesday wrote to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, asking that the tunnel option be tossed from the MTA's on-going environmental report on closing the 710 gap.
Last week Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) told MTA leaders he believed the tunnel would be too costly and is widely opposed by nearby residents.
On Sunday, state Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) wrote a letter saying the tunnel would ease congestion for his San Gabriel Valley constituents and should remain an option.
Liu also argued in her letter that the tunnel project would divert funds from other transportation projects that have broad-based support, such as increasing capacity on existing roadways and on the Gold Line light rail system.
-- Daniel Siegal, Times Community News