Los Angeles Metro authorities have created a Facebook page and Twitter account to engage Los Angeles County residents in discussions about the future of the SR-710 freeway. On Feb. 15 and 16, Metro conducted the first of 18 public meetings that will continue through March -- some of which are accessible via webcast.
According to Metro, the 710, erected in 1965, was designed to connect Alhambra and Pasadena. Now Metro wants to use Measure R funding to remedy the traffic congestion that diverted to surface streets as a result of the 4.5-mile gap where the 710 fell short of connecting to the Pasadena-bound freeways.
Voters approved Measure R by a two-thirds majority in 2008, allowing for an increased county-wide sales tax designed to rake in $40 billion for Metro's various transportation projects.
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Attendees at the meeting in Alhambra on Wednesday discussed ideas to improve traffic and concerns about a proposal to close the gap with an underground tunnel. According to the SR-710 Conversations Facebook page, residents questioned whether construction on the freeway could present a public health risk. Metro authorities will consider these comments as they prepare to conduct an environmental review.