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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Alhambra says support grows for extension of 710 Freeway


July 17, 2014

Freeway extension rally
Freeway extension rally: Alhambra residents and other supporters of the extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway turned out at Valley Boulevard and Fremont Avenue July 10 for a rally staged by city officials.

ALHAMBRA — The city celebrated what it called growing support for completing the Long Beach (710) Freeway by using a tunnel from a wide range of stakeholders at its second “710 Day” on July 10.

Alhambra leaders joined representatives from the 710 Coalition, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Alhambra Unified School District and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council to call for the expedited construction of what officials here consider an important project, a city spokesperson said.

“Motorists sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic sp
ewing toxic emissions on the same streets where our children walk and play.  We need to fix this now,” said Adele Andrade-Stadler, a member of the Alhambra school board.

“The 710 tunnel will bring a much needed boost to our local and regional economies, providing good jobs for working families and improving everyone’s quality of life,” said Ron Miller, executive secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council.

City officials for decades have said that completing the freeway will provide the long overdue missing link to Southern California’s freeway system that has caused severe gridlock and congestion in local neighborhoods.

By providing a direct connection between existing freeways, drivers will not have to take longer indirect freeway routes or cut through local streets, they claim.

The 710 tunnel would benefit not only local communities but the entire Los Angeles region, the city spokesperson said. Once completed, the 710 tunnel will slash traffic clogging local streets by 61 percent, reduce 80,000 daily cut-through trips and create an estimated 43,000 jobs.

The environmental review for the 710 Freeway tunnel is underway, which is a legally required step before construction can begin, with next milestone date in February 2015.

The proposed tunnel will connect the northern terminus of the freeway at Valley Boulevard to the Ventura (134) and Foothill (210) freeways in Pasadena.