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Small Crowd at 710 Fwy Hearing

  • By David Barron

A small crowd of less than 200 persons attended the first in a series of environmental hearings (4/11/15) on options to close the gap in the 710 Freeway. The hearing was held at the 2,000 seat Ingalls Auditorium on the campus of East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park.

In the auditorium, the public had an opportunity to look at maps and illustrations describing the routes and layout of each of the four alternatives to closing the gap ad environmental impacts on the communities. These include an overland freeway route, a freeway tunnel, a rapid transit system and a "no build" option.

There were more than 50 speakers, many of whom preferred continuing the freeway which will go under the communities, mostly north of the present Interstate 10 freeway. Monterey Park Council woman Teresa Real Sebastian spoke in support of constructing the tunnel. The 26,000-page Environmental report release earlier this year, also concludes that the tunnel is the best option. 

The next public hearing will be held Tuesday, April 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention. Center. Two additional hearings will be held on May 6 in La Canada Flintridge High School and May 7 at the Los Angeles Christian  Presbyterian Church at 2241 N. Eastern Ave. 

Comments may still be send by U.S> Mail to Garrett Damrath, chief environmental planner, Division of Environmental Planning, Department of Transportation, District 7, 100 So. Main St., MS-16-A, Los Angeles, CA  90012 or on the Internet at

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