This post is adapted from a report in EGP News
Metro is holding two meetings in March to update the public and gain feedback about the (SR) 710 Environmental Study.
The long-stalled SR-710 gap closure, which would connect the I-710 Freeway to the I-210 Freeway from where it drops off in Alhambra to Pasadena, has been hotly debated for decades. A lawsuit kept the proposed connector on the shelf for over 40 years. But today as plans to complete the project continue to move forward, there is still significant opposition from residents along the route who don’t want a freeway or a tunnel built through their community. The freeway connector is intended to ease traffic congestion for Los Angeles County commuters by providing an alternative to the heavily congested I-5 Golden State, 134 and Hollywood freeways, from the San Fernando Valley to the Southeast cities and beyond.
According to Metro, LA County residents showed that they want traffic congestion relieved when they approved Measure R, a tax to fund transportation projects. The I-710 to I-210 gap has been identified as one of the traffic remedies that can do that, according to Metro.
On March 1st and 3rd, Metro and Caltrans will hold two meetings on the Environmental Study conducted on proposed routes for the transportation project, and residents are being encouraged to attend and comment on the project.
Information presented at each of the meetings will be identical, according to Metro.During the meetings, residents will hear the insights gathered in the 2011 Metro Conversations and information on the next phases of the environmental review process called the Alternatives Analysis phase. Residents will also be able to provide input and join a “Community Liaison Council” that will offer advice on community-specific issues and outreach efforts.
The Thursday March 1 meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ramona Hall Community Center, located at 4580 N Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90065.
The Saturday, March 3 meeting will take place from 10am to Noon at the East Los Angeles Public Library, located at 4837 E 3rd St, Los Angeles 90022.
Both locations can be accessed using public transportation. Metro will offer activities for children.
Residents who cannot attend can view the meeting online at www.ustream.tv/channel/sr710envstudy. For more information visit http://www.metro.net/projects/sr-710-conversations/upcoming-meetings/