To put $6 million into a feasible study to build a gap closure for the Long Beach (710) Freeway is a waste of our money ("710 plans inch along," May 28). Last year, newspapers reported that the state would not approve a tunnel for 710.
Our Glendale City Council argued that a rail addition from the harbor would keep the large trucks off our freeways and stop many accidents, so the freeways need not be enlarged. The cost of rails would be millions less than adding a 710 Freeway addition, by tunnel or over land.
Almost daily, some trucks with bad brakes are causing accidents. Local officials should work a little harder to stop the proposed 710 Freeway extension that would not be needed with the correct rail system. Excavated rock and dirt from the tunnel path would put a lot of dump trucks using narrow streets — not good for the traffic we now have.