Tunnel Supporters Host 710 Day Event to Promote Completion of the 710 Freeway

July 10, 2016, Alhambra –The 710 Coalition and local community leaders celebrated the fourth annual 710 Day to highlight the increasing urgency to complete the 710 freeway.  Coalition leaders and community residents joined representatives from the state Legislature, Garvey 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.

Completion of the freeway will provide the missing link to a component of the Southern California freeway system that has caused extreme gridlock in local San Gabriel neighborhoods and beyond.  “This is an environmental injustice.  Our communities have suffered from severe congestion and gridlock for far too long,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau. 

Gridlock on surface streets has caused major environmental and public safety risks for communities in the San Gabriel Valley.  For decades, thousands of cars have been forced to use local streets to connect to their destinations because the 710 freeway was never completed.  The tunnel is the only alternative that further reduces air emissions and health risks in lower income, minority areas that have been plagued by poor air quality due to severe congestion and slow traffic on neighborhood streets

“The DEIR clearly shows that the tunnel is the only alternative that reduces cut-through traffic in our neighborhoods,” said Alhambra Vice Mayor Steven Placido. Once completed, the 710 tunnel will reduce cut-through traffic on neighborhood streets by 43% or 57,000 vehicles per day.

Twenty-one cities in Los Angeles County have declared their support for the 710tunnel along with Chambers of Commerce, School Districts, and state and local elected officials who all recognize the need to close the gap.  A recent poll showed 2-to-1 support for the freeway tunnel contradicting the supposed opposition claimed by a vocal minority.  

Labor’s support for the project and Coalition efforts has also held strong.  Construction of the freeway tunnel will create 40,300 high quality jobs, with average earnings of $63,000 per year.  “This is not just about jobs.  Yes, tunnel construction will provide much needed jobs in our region but there’s a much bigger issue here.  This project is critical to the health and safety of thousands of Los Angeles County residents and their families,” said Ron Miller, Executive Secretary- LA/Orange County Building & Construction Trades Council.

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 founding 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: www.710coalition.com

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