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Monday, July 11, 2016

Here are the results of our 710 tunnel poll


By Phoenix Tso, July 11, 2016

 710 Day 2016 in Alhambra. Photo by Phoenix Tso.

Almost 400 Alhambra Source readers have answered our poll asking if they support the building of a tunnel to connect the 710 freeway in Alhambra to the 210 freeway in Pasadena. Around 83 percent of those who answered oppose the prospective tunnel, while around 16 percent support it.

One respondent called the prospective tunnel "a hugely extravagant scheme to encourage more trucks to block up an already overused 210," while another wrote, "Cal Trans needs to pay more attention to the experts' facts relating to health, hazards and realize the detriment to all traffic and residents."

On Sunday, the City of Alhambra put on their 4th annual 710 day, with carnival rides, food trucks and information booths to promote the building of the 710 tunnel. Mario Manzanilla, 60, who has lived in Alhambra for more than 20 years, called the tunnel "long overdue," saying, "We finally have a viable solution to completely the 710. If we continue this route [of doing nothing], it's going to get worse."
Alhambra is part of a coalition of San Gabriel Valley cities that are pushing for the tunnel extension, along with Monterey Park, San Marino, Rosemead, and San Gabriel. Cities that oppose the extension include Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, Glendale, and Los Angeles.
Officials have discussed extending the 710 freeway since 1959, according to a 2012 Metro report. Caltrans and Metro have studied the idea of a tunnel to complete this extension since 2006, and published a draft environmental impact report last year that the public could comment on for a limited time.