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Glendale hopes to derail 710 Freeway tunnel proposal

May 27, 2010 | 12:18 pm

Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian on Thursday will try to block a proposed tunnel extension of the 710 Freeway from moving into the environmental study phase.

The decades-long controversy surrounding the proposed "gap closure" of the 710 and the 210 freeways was reinvigorated last year when the California Department of Transportation and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority released draft results of a $6-million route feasibility study.

The report showed tunneling was feasible within five potential zones — including connections to the 210 and 2  freeways — but it did not address any environmental concerns, such as traffic and pollution.

The MTA's board of directors — of which Najarian is chairman — on Thursday will consider approving the more in-depth environmental studies needed to move the proposal forward and will likely hear public comments on both sides of the issue.

The motion for the studies was brought by Duarte City Councilman and MTA Board member John Fasana, who had said the tunnel would create a "vital connection" for San Gabriel Valley residents.

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-- Melanie Hicken, reporting for the Glendale News-Press