At the May 11 meeting of the California Transportation Commission in Los Angeles, the Commissioners heard a Caltrans update on the so-called “SR-710 Gap Closure Project.” This proposed project would extend the 710 (Long Beach) Freeway from its northern terminus in Alhambra to intersect with 210 Freeway in Pasadena by way of a 5-mile tunnel. If built, this freeway extension would bring much greater vehicular traffic to La Cañada Flintridge and would create significant health risks stemming from increased air pollution. I made comments to the Commissioners regarding the update and I wanted to share them with La Cañada Flintridge readers.
First, let me say that we are fully aware of the congestion problem that exists at the northern terminus of the 710 Freeway in the Alhambra area. As stakeholders in the region, we want to help find good ways to solve that problem. And, more broadly, let me say that we support good ways to improve mobility in our region and in Los Angeles County.