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City Council proclaims July 10 ‘710 Day’

Alhambra Mayor Steven Placido announced Tuesday during a press conference at City Hall that July 10, 2013, will be "710 day" in Alhambra. The mayor expressed support for the completion of the 710 Freeway extension between Alhambra and Pasadena.

"Now is the time where we have political will, the financial will, we have a lot of things in favor that we didn't have before," he said.

Alhambra City Council proclaimed Monday evening that "710 Day" will be used as a campaign to close the 710 Freeway gap. "The failure of governments to build a freeway which will close the gap between the 210 and 10 freeway has lasted over 40 years," Placido said during Monday evening's Alhambra City Council meeting. "This failure has resulted in a huge and measurable increase in traffic congestion and significant and measurable increase in air pollution which affects the health of thousands."

Representatives from the No 710 Action Committee attended Tuesday's press conference, expressing concerns to local media about the freeway extension. Some of the negative impacts of the project, according to the opposition, are the lengthy time for the tunnel construction — which could take up to 10 years — the cost of $5-20 billion dollars, and gas emissions.

According to a recent report from California's Metropolitan Transportation Commission, creating a freeway tunnel, one of the extension options, will reduce "local traffic and freeway congestion by over 20 percent" and "eliminate congestion at over 22 percent of the intersections."  Before it can build an extension, Metro must conduct an environmental impact study, a $59 million report that includes soil testing in Alhambra and neighboring areas.  

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2 thoughts on “City Council proclaims July 10 ‘710 Day’”

  1. Alhambrans Against 710

    Alhambrans don’t want the 710 tunnel going through our town, exhaust from the portal entrance harming our kids, lowered property values and a tunnel that would be inconvenient for us to access and use (no on and off ramps + a toll for every car one way, according to Metro/CalTrans!)

    Inform yourselves on all sides of the issue: http://alhambransagainst710.com

    The City of Alhambra conveniently does not tell you about the 10+ years construction and the toll charges.

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