March 25, 2014
In a letter to Caltrans
Monday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) urged transportation officials to
extend the amount of time cities will have to respond to an
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) related to the 710 Freeway expansion project, expected to be released this spring.
members of the public have 60 days to respond to the report’s
conclusions. Cities or agencies who wish to conduct their own studies to
analyze those findings are held to the same time window.
Schiff addressed his letter to Carrie Bowen, the director of District 7
overseeing Los Angeles and Ventura counties, requesting the period be
extended to 120 days to allow for an adequate response.
current 60 day public comment period does not provide sufficient time to
thoroughly review an environmental document that will likely be
hundreds of pages and will include the technical analysis of a complex
6.3 mile long tunnel alignment,” Schiff wrote.
Cañada and the surrounding impacted cities of Glendale, Pasadena, South
Pasadena and Sierra Madre have formed a 5 City Alliance, pooling their money and resources to respond as quickly as possible once the EIR is released.
alliance, which has already secured its own consultants to examine the
Metro/Caltrans findings, is most concerned with the dual-bore tunnel
being floated as one way to connect the freeway from its terminal ends
in Alhambra and Pasadena.