June 10, 2015
The City of Alhambra hosts 710 Day
to promote completion of the 710 Freeway
Alhambra – The City of Alhambra celebrated growing support for construction of a tunnel to complete the 710 freeway. Community leaders celebrated the third annual 710 Day to highlight the increasing urgency to complete the 710 freeway. 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 support and the expedited construction of this important project.
“Our communities will no longer accept increasing traffic congestion in our neighborhoods. Enough is enough. Our children deserve better,” said Alhambra Unified School District Board President Adele Andrade-Stadler.
Completion of the freeway will provide the missing link to a component of the Southern California freeway system that has caused severe gridlock and congestion in local San Gabriel neighborhoods and beyond. The City of Alhambra, and surrounding communities, have been subjected to severe traffic congestion for decades as thousands of cars are forced to use local streets to connect to their destinations. Once completed, the 710 tunnel will slash traffic clogging local streets by 61% and reduce 80,000 daily cut-through trips.
Public support for the project is on the rise. A recent poll showed 2-to-1 support for the freeway tunnel contradicting the supposed opposition claimed by a vocal minority. “The DEIR clearly outlines the benefits of a tunnel. It is the only alternative that reduces cut-through traffic in our neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Steve Placido.
Labor’s support for the project and Coalition efforts continues to grow. Construction of the freeway tunnel will create 40,300 high quality jobs, with average earnings of $63,000 per year. “Tunnel construction will absolutely provide much needed jobs in our region but this issue is not just about jobs. It’s about quality of life of thousands of Los Angeles County residents and their families,” said Sergio Rascon, Business Manager, Laborers Local 300.
The environmental review for the 710 freeway tunnel is underway, which is a legally required step before construction can begin. The 90-day public comment period concludes on July 6th.
About the 710 Coalition
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. 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/.