Proposal of Connecting Interstate 710 Garners Support From Public

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The controversial proposal of connecting Interstate 710 from Long Beach to Pasadena by a 4-mile tunnel was supported at the first public hearing. The hearing was held on Saturday after the environmental report was released.

The meeting was attended by more than 150 people. The long-discussed proposal to connect tunnel under Los Angeles, Alhambra, South Pasadena and Pasadena was the most popular option discussed at the meeting.

After years of opposition, Caltrans and Metro had discarded plans for a surface route and had proposed two different options. They had proposed either a single tunnel with two lanes in each direction, or twin tunnels with four lanes in each direction. They have also suggested four other options: building a light-rail line; creating a busway; synchronizing traffic signals better; or doing nothing. Both the agencies have not given preference to any of the options.

Residents living near the end of the freeway in Alhambra complained about the heavy traffic they have been facing for decades. One of the residents said that his mother had been told in 1959 that she’ll have to leave her El Sereno house for a freeway. He said, “This has gone incomplete for far too long. The only thing we need to do is finish this.”

According to the environmental impact report, the tunnel would be most helpful in easing the traffic.

But the opposition to the tunnel was also quite a lot. The opponents of the tunnel sa… MORE

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