Traffic congestion, safety hazards and air and noise pollution topped a list of concerns put forth by community members Saturday at a public outreach meeting on the proposed Long Beach (710) Freeway gap closure project.
The meeting, which drew about two dozen people to Glendale Community College, was the last of six hosted by Metro during the past 10 days. The goal was to bring residents of Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, South Pasadena and northeast Los Angeles – communities that would be impacted by the 710 project – up to speed on the history of growth and mass transportation in the region, as well as to develop discussion “themes” for future meetings, said Metro spokesperson Helen Ortiz Gilstrap.
Attendees were led through a brain-storming session wherein they identified daily transportation concerns, and possible solutions.
The project would connect the Long Beach (710) and Foothill (210) freeways, possibly by a 4.5-mile long underground tunnel, between Alhambra and Pasadena.