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MTA unveils final proposal for 710 Freeway gap

January 18, 2013 |  6:58 pm

Many Pasadena residents are strongly opposed to on option in the MTA report -- extending the 710 Freeway via an underground tunnel to the 210 Freeway.

Los Angeles County transportation officials on Friday released the final version of their analysis of alternatives for closing the so-called “710 gap” between Alhambra and Pasadena, setting the stage for more vigorous environmental review.

The analysis by the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority focuses on five options – down from an initial 39 – for reducing traffic and providing better transportation access in the area between the end of the 710 Freeway in Alhambra and the 210 Freeway in Pasadena.

They include a “no build” option, better managing street traffic flow, bolstering rapid bus transit, light rail transit and constructing a controversial tunnel to connect the freeways.

The California Department of Transportation -- which acquired about 500 homes in Pasadena, South Pasadena and Los Angeles since the 1970s with the intention of building a surface freeway to close the 710 gap -- has said that once the Alternatives Analysis report is released it will be able to identify some surplus homes and move to sell them.

The MTA will hold three community open houses to share the information presented in the report.

The open houses will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at Maranantha High School; at 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at San Marino Community Church.

The third open house will be in the Golden Eagle Building at Cal State Los Angeles, from 9 to 11 a.m.  Jan. 26.

At the open houses, MTA representatives will be sharing information about the five options that will be carried into the Draft Environmental Impact Report, which is expected to be completed by early 2014.

-- Daniel Siegal, Times Community News

Photo: Many Pasadena residents are strongly opposed to on option in the MTA report -- extending the 710 Freeway via an underground tunnel to the 210 Freeway. Credit: Times Community News / Jan. 18, 2013

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