Metro will meet with the public to prepare the environmental review process of the 710 Freeway. The initiative stems from the 2008 passage of Measure R, which committed an estimated $40 million for traffic relief and transportation upgrades.
Discussions will address the closure of the 4.5 mile gap in the 710 Freeway between Alhambra and Pasadena. The freeway, which opened in 1965, was intended to have a junction with the 210 and 134 Freeways, but lawsuits put an end to construction. The resulting traffic has spilled onto surface streets in Alhambra and Pasadena, prompting some locals to advocate for the completion of the freeway.
The meetings will be held as "an education and public involvement program to seek both regional and community-based solutions," according to a Metro press release. There will be three series of meetings, with each one addressing a specific topic; they include "Transportation where have we been? Where are we going?," "Protecting Communities through an Environmental Process-CEQA/NEPA," and "Scoping: Going on the Record."
On February 16 there will be a meeting at the Alhambra Civic Center Library. Other locations include Jefferson Middle School and South Pasadena High School. A full listing of time and locations can be found through the Metro website.
Alhambra meeting: Feb.16, 6-8 p.m., Alhambra Civic Center Library, 101 S. First St., Alhambra, CA 91801