More than 60 people turned out at La Cañada High School Monday night to speak their minds and get the latest on the proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway.
Mostly what they heard is that details will be revealed at future meetings as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Caltrans prepare an environmental report for filling the so-called “710 gap” between Alhambra and Pasadena.
The study will consider alternatives from a 4.5-mile freeway to the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena — a proposal that is already all but dead politically — to a tunnel under South Pasadena, new transit and rail lines or upgrades to surface streets. The study, which is expected to be complete in 2014, comes about 50 years after highway officials originally unveiled plans to connect the 210 and the 710.
Andy Burghdorf, a spokesman for St. Francis High School, said students at campuses near the 210 would be adversely affected by increased truck traffic.