Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian said he is planning to call for an immediate cost analysis of the controversial 710 Freeway underground tunnel, arguing regional officials may be poised to waste billions of dollars on the proposed project.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is backing a proposal to build an underground tunnel connecting the 710 Freeway, which now ends in Alhambra, to the Pasadena (210) Freeway. Najarian and other officials in Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge strongly oppose the connection, while a majority of MTA board members favor it.
Najarian, who serves on the MTA board of directors, said there is no credible figure for a project with an estimated price tag of $3 billion to $11.8 billion.
"The ultimate question is whether we can ever afford that tunnel," he said.
His motion, which would be considered next week, would require a cost analysis to be completed by February.