Metro and Caltrans will hold four public hearings to discuss the 710 freeway gap and the hotly-debated proposals to connect the divide. The hearings will take place in Monterey Park (Apr 11), Pasadena (Apr 14), La Cañada (May 6), and Los Angeles (May 7). Attending residents will be allowed to fill out a speaker card and voice their opinions to Caltrans and Metro officials, as well as the crowd of attendees.
The hearings come after Metro and Caltrans released on March 6 an Environmental Impact Report. The study examined the costs and consequences of several proposals that are aimed at connecting the 710 gap. One option was to dig a dual-bore tunnel underground, which the report said could cost up to $5.6 billion. Another option was to re-tool existing traffic management systems to be more efficient. This strategy would look into synchronizing traffic signals, and consider the use of reversible lanes and ridesharing programs.
The 710 gap has been a hot-button topic for over 30 years in the west side of the San Gabriel Valley. Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Marino, Rosemead, and San Gabriel have aligned to advocate the tunnel option. Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, Glendale, and Los Angeles stand in opposition to the tunnel.
You are invited to attend the free Public Hearings and provide input the following ways:
Verbal Comments: Pick-up and complete a SPEAKER CARD located at the registration table and return it to staff on-site. You will then be called to provide your verbal comment to the panel in front of the audience. You can also provide your verbal comment privately to a court reporter at the event who will submit your comment for the record. NOTE: This is only to provide your comment. If you have questions about the five alternatives or the Study process, you can ask one of the subject matter experts located in the Map Viewing area.
Written Comments: Pick-up and complete a COMMENT CARD located at the registration table. You can submit your completed comment card by placing it in the comment box located at the comment station
The four public hearing dates and locations are:
· Saturday, April 11, from 10am – 4pm
Rosco C. Ingalls Auditorium at East Los Angeles College
1301 Cesar Chavez Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754
(Parking Structure 4, entrance on Floral Drive)
· Tuesday, April 14, from 5pm – 9pm
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
(Parking entrance on Euclid Avenue)
This meeting will be LIVE streamed from 6 pm – 9 pm
· Wednesday, May 6, from 5pm – 9pm
La Cañada High School Auditorium
4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada, Flintridge, CA 91011
· Thursday, May 7 from 5pm – 9pm
Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church
2241 N. Eastern Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90032
You can also submit comments via the Caltrans Public Comment page.