Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hit-and-run leaves pedestrian dead on 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock; Congressman Schiff opposed to 710 Freeway tunnel

Elysian Park | daveedkapoor/Instagram

Elysian Park | daveedkapoor/Instagram

MOrning Report

  • A man walking along the 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver early this morning. NBC LA
  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) voice his opposition to building a highway tunnel to close the 710 Freeway gap between El Sereno and Pasadena, saying it would be would be “cost prohibitive and detrimental to the communities overall.” Rep. Adam Schiff

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  1. From Schiff’s letter:

    “At the beginning of this process, many in the community were afraid that Metro would plow ahead with a predetermined conclusion that the freeway must be finished, and other ideas would only be entertained so that they might be rejected in a process with only the appearance of deliberation.”

    This is pretty much true, and it’s the same thing that has been observed in earlier comments on this site.

    His letter is a big deal, because without Federal support, the tunnel won’t be funded. I don’t see Metro coming up with $3B from sales tax alone.

    • I believe Metro’s already spent the tax funds they had allocated for this (about $100 million on the study, if I’m not mistaken.) And the final price tag for a tunnel of tha scale is estimated closer to $10 billion by many. The only way I see this getting built is if CalTrans and SGV pols can somehow convince the federal government to raid the general fund, bringing home some serious bacon.

      It really seems like CalTrans just needs to let this one die. The cost/benefit of these urban higheay expansions are just so absurd… The relatively simple 405 widening cost us a cool Billion and rush hour traffic is actually worse now! Better to spend that kind of coin on rail lines, as those dramatically increase property values (instead of tanking them like freeways.)

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