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By Daniel Siegal, | October 8, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown last week vetoed a bill that would have forced the California Department of Transportation to quickly sell some of the nearly 500 properties it owns within the path of a potential Long Beach (710) Freeway extension. In his veto message, Brown said he is working to find a solution for the so-called “710 gap,” where transportation officials are studying a 4.5-mile tunnel connecting the 710 and Foothill (210) freeways even as local leaders and residents raise alarms about the proposal.
August 30, 2012
This week I sent a formal request demanding that the California Department of Transportation end all efforts to further the 710 Freeway extension. Since my days as La Cañada Flintridge mayor and councilman, I have been given false and misleading information from tunnel proponents bent on building the 710 tunnel at all costs. The public's trust is too high a price to pay for any project. Last week I received the results for an audit of Caltrans that I had requested last year. I was outraged to learn that Caltrans has been spending millions of dollars every year without any clear scope of work or accountability.
By Adolfo Flores and Daniel Siegal, Times Community News | August 25, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge residents and leaders said that they were disappointed but not surprised by regional transportation planners' decision Thursday to keep alive the prospect of a tunnel from the Long Beach (710) Freeway to the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena, even as they eliminated several other alternatives. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency “knows what they want to do, they're hell-bent on doing it,” said Jan SooHoo, a La Cañada resident and member of the No 710 Action Committee.
By Adolfo Flores, | June 25, 2012
Auditors got an earful last week regarding the nearly 400 homes that the state purchased decades ago for a possible surface extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway. In that time, the California Department of Transportation, which owns the homes, has been accused of being a poor landlord, and a groundswell is growing to force the agency to sell the properties, especially since extending the 710 Freeway to connect with the Foothill (210) Freeway will now likely involve an underground tunnel.
May 2, 2012
Local and state officials have announced a $72-million project to add truck lanes on the Interstate 5 through Newhall Pass and into Santa Clarita. The truck lanes are needed to separate heavy big-rig traffic from passenger vehicles and create safer, quicker passage for a growing population in the Santa Clarita Valley, state transportation officials say. The southbound truck lane will extend 3.7 million from Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue in Santa Clarita to the Antelope Valley (SR-14)
By Veronica Rocha, | April 9, 2012
A 25-year-old Glendale motorist is free on bail following a fiery crash Saturday night that shut down the Ventura (134) Freeway for hours, police said. Prosecutors have yet to file charges against the motorist, Hakop Maghakyan, who was taken into custody about 1:45 a.m. Sunday by Glendale police. California Highway Patrol officials said Maghakyan was drunk and speeding when his car crashed into a tanker full of gasoline near the Golden State (5) Freeway. Maghakyan was released about noon the same day after posting a $5,000 bail.
March 23, 2012
More overnight closures on the 405 Freeway are planned for Friday and Saturday as construction crews continue to work on the Mulholland Drive overpass. Caltrans said it would close the northbound 405 between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard around 11 p.m. with some ramps closing as early as 7 p.m. On Saturday, crews will close southbound lanes from the 101 Freeway to Getty Center Drive, using the same time schedule. Full closures are expected to be in place by about 1 a.m. each day with lanes expected to reopen by 6 a.m. Continue reading > > -- Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
By Maria Hsin, | February 24, 2012
State transportation officials say they are offering contractors millions of dollars in incentives to finish a massive construction project along the Golden State (5) Freeway ahead of schedule. The incentives come after representatives for the California Department of Transportation heard concerns that the work on the I-5 corridor through Burbank would isolate neighborhoods around the Empire Center and limit access to Bob Hope Airport. They hope the incentives will shave up to a year off the project timeline.
By Adolfo Flores, | February 20, 2012
Pressure is mounting on the California Department of Transportation to sell the 460 properties it owns on the Long Beach (710) Freeway corridor, but officials say it could be years before any decision is made. For decades, Caltrans has owned hundreds of homes in Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno. The agency acquired the homes in the 1950s, '60s and '70s to accommodate plans to extend the 710 Freeway from Alhambra to the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena. The project has stalled amid lawsuits, funding problems and political controversy, and now it appears regional transportation officials favor digging a 4.5-mile tunnel to connect the 210 and the 710. As a result, calls for Caltrans to sell the homes are growing louder.
February 2, 2012
State transportation officials today announced plans to close portions of the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway through Burbank as they demolish part of a bridge at Providencia Avenue. Work on the bridge is scheduled to start on Thursday, but the nighttime lane closures won't start until Sunday and last through Feb. 9, according to a notice issued by the California Department of Transportation. The northbound lanes and Olive Avenue off-ramp will be closed on those nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The work is part of a $140-million Caltrans project to build carpool lanes along the I-5 corridor.
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