High-speed bus ways, new light rail lines and a freeway tunnel under Mt. Washington. These are some of the many alternatives – including doing nothing at all – being considered to complete the 710 Freeway, which ends in El Sereno near Cal State L.A. The public will get a chance to find out more about the issue – which has been a hot topic for more than 40 years – and learn more about the alternatives being considered on Thursday night during a SR-710 Study Open House in Eagle Rock.
Much of the traffic congestion blamed on the 710 freeway gap jams the streets of Alhambra and South Pasadena, which has waged a decades long way against the freeway extension. But some of the most recent proposals to close the gap have drawn attention and alarm across Northeast L.A., including an alternative labeled F-2 (check out map below), which would extend the 710 northwest from El Sereno through or under portions of Highland Park and Mount Washington before linking to the 2 Freeway with a new interchange in Glassell Park.
Metro and Caltrans emphasizes that Thursday’s open house, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Eagle Rock Elementary, is not a public hearing. Instead it is an opportunity for residents to get more information and provide feed-back to the options being presented. The open houses are part of a process to complete a full environmental impact report, which could take another two years to complete.