Part of Fremont to close Wednesday for "710 Day"

Fremont Avenue between Mission Road and Valley Boulevard will be closed Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for "710 Day," according to Alhambra Community Services. Both Valley and Mission will remain open. City staff recommends using Marengo Avenue as a detour.

Alhambra city officials have pronounced July 10 "710 Day" and will be hosting a family festival at the arch park at Fremont and Valley to celebrate their efforts to close the freeway gap. According to the city website, the event will include "educational presentations and booths to raise awareness about air quality and reducing traffic congestion by CLOSING THE GAP via the proposed SR-710 extension from Alhambra to Pasadena."

9 thoughts on “Part of Fremont to close Wednesday for "710 Day"”

  1. I say build the freeway!! this should have been done a long time ago. Stop wasting peoples money and just build!

  2. Why the city is using my tax dollars to host an event to celebrate something that is still up in the air and yet to be decided is very aggravating. Pure hype and propaganda.

    The only ones supporting this project of building an underground tunnel through local communities so that the cargo trucks can travel from Long Beach seems to be the city government. Residents from Alhambra, South Pasadena, El Sereno and more are AGAINST this whole plan.

    I hope the No710 Facebook page will keep us informed of venues at which we can let Alhambra legislators know how we their voters who can remove them really feel about this project.

  3. Eric and all who are interested in true information, please visit no710.com. There is a wealth of information there.

  4. The inconvence of this road closure is but a tiny sampling of the massive inconveniences that building a tunnel will necessitate. Imagine years of construction and the ensuing noise, heavy machinery, road closures, loss of revenues that businesses will endure. In fact, I need to purchase some things today which I normally would get in Alhambra (home depot, costco, kohls) but I will be shopping in Pasadena and Monrovia instead. Good going, city council.

    It would appear that the residents have more insight into the negative impacts the 710 than the local government. But then surely the Alhambra politicians have secret vested interests, no doubt having to do with lining their own pockets with ill gotten dollars.

    Knowledge is power..there is a wealth of true, documented information available at http://www.no710.com

    P.s.Haha, I was a day ahead of myself re: not shopping in Alhambra on 710 day. Since the Alhambra “leaders” are pro 710 I do make the effort to not shop there and this event just reinforces my efforts.

  5. What a waste of money! Alhambra needs to do their research and NOT support the 710 extension. The craziness of having this type of event only adds fuel to the opponents of the 710. Information booths? We’ve had information for years! Information about communities being destroyed, people being displaced, pollution and more traffic in surrounding side streets. Stop this nonsense!

  6. Sounds like our city money is being wasted. Who’s pocket is it going into?
    We need to do a little house cleaning on our council and I suggest we start with the voting out Mayor Placido and Barbara Messina.

  7. when i saw the road signs i also assumed it was for road repairs but it’s not? it is just the city using the date on the calendar to push their “710” completion agenda while creating even more traffic on already congested residential streets like marengo and hellman? thanks city hall, your work continues to amaze me daily

  8. I drive down Fremont everyday and when I saw signs about its impending closure I figured that it had something to do with street/utility repairs. Instead, the city is diverting thousands of commuters in order to 'raise awareness.' I'd like to know how much this 'educational event' is costing the city. Additionally, can somebody provide the public with information about how the construction of new freeways displaces people and destroys communities? What about the effect on air quality for those living alongside the freeway?
     
    More importantly, how and when did “closing the gap” become an official city position? If the city government is supposed to represent the people, can someone provide some sort of data that shows the citizenry's clear support for closing the gap? At the very least, maybe Alhambra Source can do an online poll of its readers to see how many actually favor completing the 710.

    Oh, and thanks for reporting this story, Nasrin.

    1. Erick, you can make a request for some of that info under the California Public Records Act (link goes to my web site where I highlight some key aspects of the rule).
      The City Council decided that closing the gap is an official city policy position. From what I gather, it has been the City’s official position since the 70’s, but you can ask the City if you make a CPRA request. Note that Dr. Placido campaigned on a promise to close the 710 gap.
      For what it’s worth, I think that closing the 710 gap will be the official city position until this council is gone and replaced with a council that feels differently or voters approve a referendum stating otherwise.

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