Labor Organizations Oppose Stifling Progress Toward Completion of the 710 Freeway
March 14, 2017 – In a strong showing of solidarity, sixteen labor organizations joined forces to express their deep opposition to Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation aimed at stifling progress toward closing the 6.2-mile gap between Interstate 10 and the 210 Freeway in Pasadena and completing the 710 freeway.
“This issue has been debated since 1959,” said Ron Miller, Executive Secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. “Countless agencies have spent more than 50 years studying and restudying completion of this last critical link of the Los Angeles County freeway system. Metro and Caltrans have made significant strides toward completion of the 710 freeway. This project is critical to the health, safety and livelihood of many in this region, including our members.”
Miller further added, “The opposition is disregarding years of public input. Hundreds of project related meetings and hearings were held over the last five years and our members were active participants. We will not stand for unnecessary attempts to disrupt the process.” Click here to read the letter.
In 2012, LA Metro released a list of five alternatives to be studied as part of the SR-710 North Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR.) A freeway tunnel was among the proposals.
The 710 Coalition continues to support the tunnel as the best alternative for completing the freeway. A freeway tunnel will reduce congestion and air pollution in local neighborhoods, provide a missing link to the gap in a regional freeway system, reduce emissions and decrease cut-through traffic in surrounding communities. The tunnel reduces emissions and local street vehicle miles traveled: by 9% in Pasadena, by 12% in South Pasadena, by 7% in San Gabriel and by 14% in Alhambra.
The Coalition was formed in 1982 and represents communities united to see the 710 freeway completed. It is made up of businesses, school districts, cities, and individuals united under a common umbrella of action and information. Labor organizations have played a significant role in supporting the project. The 710 Coalition's member organizations represent millions of people in Southern California. The member cities are: Alhambra, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, and San Marino. For a complete list of supporters and more information about the 710 Coalition please visit us at our website: http://www.710coalition.com/.