Los Angeles City Council entered the 710 debate Tuesday night, voting unanimously to oppose a 4.5-mile tunnel connecting the 710 and 210 freeways, Glendale News-Press reports. The tunnel is one of five alternatives the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering after narrowing the list down from 12 in a meeting last week.
Los Angeles joins South Pasadena, Glendale, Pasadena, and La Cañada Flintridge in opposing the route due to air pollution and traffic. “We as a city and any other public agency should not take for granted the communities that would be impacted the most,” L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar, whose district includes Highland Park, told Glendale News-Press.
Officials from the 710 Freeway Coalition say councils should wait for the environmental impact report, due in 2014, before any further voting, “This was a decision at the L.A. City Council among the heat of a lot of the nutty alternatives … and not as much focus on the underlying reason for the freeway,” Nat Read of the 710 Freeway Coalition told Glendale-News Press. “I think by the time we come to the next decision-making junction, this motion will be behind [us] and there will be a focus on what the environmental study finds.”
Alhambra officials support a tunnel between the two freeways and believe it is a solution to congestion and safety issues.