The City of Alhambra hosts 710 Day Celebration & Urban Street Jam to promote completion of the 710 Freeway

City of Alhambra

PRESS RELEASE

 

Alhambra, CA July 10, 2014At its second “710 Day,” the City of Alhambra celebrated growing support among a wide range of stakeholders to complete the 710 Freeway using a tunnel. Alhambra leaders joined representatives from the 710 Coalition, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Alhambra Unified School District, and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council to call for the expedited construction of this important project.

“Motorists sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic spewing toxic emissions on the same streets where our children walk and play.  We need to fix this now,” said Adele Andrade-Stadler, Alhambra Unified School District Board Member.

“The 710 tunnel will bring a much needed boost to our local and regional economies, providing good jobs for working families and improving everyone’s quality of life,” said Ron Miller, Executive Secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council.

Completion of the freeway will provide the long overdue missing link to Southern California’s freeway system that has caused severe gridlock and congestion in local neighborhoods.  By providing a direct connection between existing freeways, drivers will not have to take longer indirect freeway routes or cut through local streets. 

The 710 tunnel benefits not only local communities but the entire Los Angeles region.  Once completed, the 710 tunnel will slash traffic clogging local streets by 61%, reduce 80,000 daily cut-through trips and create an estimated 43,000 jobs. 

The environmental review for the 710 freeway tunnel is underway, which is a legally required step before construction can begin, with next milestone in February 2015. 

The proposed tunnel will connect the southern terminus of the 710 freeway at Valley Boulevard to the 134 and 210 freeways in Pasadena. 

For more information about Alhambra’s “CLOSE THE GAP” campaign and the Metro
SR-710 North Study, visit
www.cityofalhambra.org and www.710coalition.com.