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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Labor Unions Take A Stand In California Tunnel Controversy


By Ted Goodman, March 17, 2017

 Traffic moves through the rain along interstate 5 in Encinitas, California December 3, 2014. Nearly two-thirds of Americans would support roadway user fees to help fix the country's crumbling transportation infrastructure, according to a survey to be published on April 28, 2016 that was seen by Reuters.

 Labor unions from across California are advocating for the construction of a massive tunnel to close a six-mile gap between the 10 and the 210 freeways in Pasadena, Calif.

Proponents of the tunnel, who say it is the most feasible solution to major traffic congestion, can count on the support of 16 labor unions, who joined a coalition in support of the project.

State Assemblyman Chris Holden introduced a bill that would kill the tunnel idea in February, saying that the, “710 tunnel project is a misguided and obsolete solution.”

The project would extend the 710 Freeway from Valley Boulevard under El Sereno, a mostly Latino neighborhood of Los Angeles, and pass under South Pasadena and into Pasadena, where the 4.5-mile tunnel would connect above-ground at the 210/134 freeway interchange near the Pasadena convention center.