City Council opposes 710 fwy extension

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The City Council went on record today opposing any extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway that would cut through Los Angeles, adopting a resolution saying such a project would do “irreparable damage” to neighborhoods.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been considering a series of options for alleviating traffic in the area where the 710 Freeway ends, just north of the San Bernardino (10) Freeway near Alhambra and the University Hills area.

City Councilman Jose Huizar initially introduced a resolution opposing five proposed routes for extending the 710 Freeway, writing in the document that “an above-ground extension of the 710 North would do irreparable damage to the communities of El Sereno, Eagle Rock, Garvanza, Mt. Washington, Highland Park, Hermon and Glassell Park.”

The resolution was amended Monday by the council’s Transportation Committee to include opposition to a proposed tunnel connecting the 710 Freeway to the Foothill (210) Freeway.

Last week, Metro officials removed the five original proposed routes mentioned in Huizar’s motion from the table, although the tunnel is still among the options being considered. Also still being considered are a light rail line from East Los Angeles to South Pasadena and a bus rapid transit line from East Los Angeles to Pasadena.

The City Council unanimously adopted the resolution opposing any freeway extensions that cut through the city.

Huizar said Metro “should not take for granted the communities that would be impacted the most.”

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