Pasadena neighborhood enters 710 battle *Updated
Pasadena City Council unanimously voted against three I-710 extension alternatives during a special meeting with Metro on Monday, the Pasadena Sun reports. A crowd of over 550 residents cheered as the councilmembers slammed the routes that would run a route through San Rafael, a West Pasadena neighborhood.
Michelle Smith, a project manager for Metro, told the Pasadena Sun that they won't be withdrawing proposals until their studies are completed in the fall.
*Originally reported 08/13/2012
San Rafael joined the battle over the 710 gap after Metro proposed an extension alternative that would cut through their neighborhood, the Pasadena Sun reports.
Officials from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) added three new alternatives to the list of possible freeway extensions, including a tunnel under Avenue 64 between Arroyo Seco Parkway and the 134 freeway that has local residents and politicians on alert.
“Metro and Caltrans have come up with some new proposed routes in West Pasadena that would just destroy a very vibrant, historic neighborhood,” Councilman Steve Madison, whose district includes San Rafael, told the Sun. “It will bring all the bad things that a freeway can create: noise, pollution and disruption to emergency services.”
Metro and Caltrans are considering 12 alternatives for the extension, a route that would connect Alhambra to Pasadena by closing the 710 gap. Alhambra officials support a tunnel between the two freeways as a solution to congestion and safety.