More than 60 people on Monday packed La Cañada High School for an update on the proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway — a long-simmering issue on which many communities already have staked out positions.
The effects of closing the gap between the 710 and Foothill (210) freeways will be disclosed in the coming months as state and county transportation officials prepare a draft environmental impact report, organizers of the meeting said.
Alternatives for closing that gap that are being studied include a 4.5-mile surface extension — a proposal that appears to be all but politically dead — a tunnel extension under South Pasadena, new transit and rail lines, or upgrades to surface streets.
The study, which is expected to be completed in 2014, comes about 50 years after highway officials first unveiled plans to connect the 210 and the 710 freeways.
Andy Burghdorf, a spokesman for St. Francis High School, said students at campuses near the 210 Freeway would be adversely affected by the increased truck traffic.