The City of Alhambra kicks-off 710 “CLOSE THE GAP” Day with a Street Banner Dedication

June 3, 2014, - Alhambra:  The City of Alhambra held a dedication ceremony to unveil newly installed banners to support the 55 year effort to complete the 710 freeway.  Banners were placed along Freemont Avenue in an effort to raise public awareness about the importance of closing the gap by building a tunnel.  The unique banners feature a variety of catchy slogans about the need to close the gap, such as:  “How Do You Spell Relief?” “Complete the 710 Freeway” and “Dig It…The 710 Tunnel.” 


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 southern terminus of the 710 freeway at Valley Boulevard to the 134 and 210 freeways in Pasadena.  Completion of the freeway will tackle one of the most vexing problems in Southern California: gridlock.  This project impacts not just 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.


Currently, local streets are flooded with commuters traveling north and south on surface streets to connect with other freeway systems.   “That’s why Alhambra and a host of other communities have joined forces to form the 710 Coalition to promote our support for completion of the 710 freeway by building a tunnel” said Alhambra Mayor Stephen Sham.  “It’s not fair to our communities, not safe and puts our residents at risk.” 


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For out more about Alhambra’s “CLOSE THE GAP” campaign and Metro SR-710 North Study at and


City of Alhambra Contact:  Colleen Commentz at (626) 570-5091