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LCF residents invited to 710 tunnel meeting

May 21, 2009

City Council member Steve Del Guercio on Monday evening made a pitch to La Cañada Flintridge residents to attend a community meeting on the State Route-710 Tunnel Technical Study, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 in Lanterman Auditorium.

The proposed tunnel would close the Long Beach (710) Freeway gap, which exists between Alhambra and Pasadena and has been the subject of much debate for decades.

Del Guercio took the opportunity at the end of the regular council meeting to invite locals viewing the council’s deliberations on cable TV to turn out next Tuesday.

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“If you’re at all concerned [about the proposed 710 Tunnel project] I hope you’ll make it a point to go to the meeting,” Del Guercio said. The councilman has been vocal about the potential for increased truck traffic and pollution impacting La Cañada Flintridge should the 710 gap be closed.

The study underway is looking at the geotechnical feasibility of building the tunnel.

The study area includes the cities of Alhambra, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles, Monterey Park, San Marino, Pasadena and South Pasadena.

According to the website www.710tunnelstudy.info, the study is being done in a “route neutral” manner.

“This means all reasonable and practicable alternatives for extending the SR710 are being considered,” the website states.

La Cañada Flintridge residents who cannot attend the May 26 meeting can visit the SR-710 Study Information Office, 3412 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles, 90032, which is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone numbers are (323) 222-1710 and, toll free, (877) 710-4111.

Lanterman Auditorium is located at 4491 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada Flintridge, just south of Foothill Boulevard.

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— Carol Cormaci


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