I understand the citizens of Alhambra wish to reduce traffic on
Fremont Avenue. However, building the tunnel would not achieve this. The
tunnel would really only provide trucks better access to the 210
Freeway, and I find it hard to believe that motorists would utilize the
tunnel. While driving on the 710 Freeway I have sometimes found myself
surrounded by large trucks on all four sides of my car.
suffer from claustrophobia, but it is somewhat anxiety-producing. And
this is on an open freeway. I cannot imagine that people, especially
those traveling with children in their car, would choose to drive
surrounded by trucks in a 4-mile stretch of tunnel with no exits. What
if there a crash, a fire or a natural disaster? As a nurse practitioner,
I wonder how long it would take for emergency personnel to reach you,
and would it be in time?
The estimated cost of building the tunnel is $5.6 billion, and
what project is ever brought in on budget? Would it not be better to
use that money to address any pediatric respiratory issues that arise
from above-ground traffic?
— Jacqueline Ficht, South Pasadena