L.A. City Council panel takes stand on 710 tunnel

Metro CEO Art Leahy had a short item in his daily brief on Tuesday concerning a resolution under consideration by the L.A. City Council on the proposed tunnel to close the gap in the 710 freeway between Alhambra and Pasadena:

LA City Council IT&GA Committee Approves Resolution Opposing SR-710 Extension through Zones 1 and 2 and Supporting Zone 3

Today, the Los Angeles City Council Information Technology & Governmental Affairs (IT&GA) Committee approved a Chief Legislative Analyst recommendation to adopt a Resolution by Councilmembers Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar and Ed Reyes as amended. The Resolution will be included in the City’s 2009-2010 State Legislative Program to OPPOSE the extension of the SR-710 through Zones 1 and 2 as defined by Caltrans in their SR-710 Tunnel Technical Study. It will also include SUPPORT for a study that explores a tunnel option to close the I-21O/SR-710 gap via Zone 3. The amendment specifies that construction of any portal for Zone 3 begin and end south of Valley Boulevard to eliminate disruption to the residential neighborhoods in El Sereno.

Zone 3 covers the area that would be needed to take the 710 directly north from its current terminus at Valley Boulevard — which includes the area along the city of Los Angeles and Alhambra border and South Pasadena. Zones 1 and 2 are to the west of the current terminus and lie mostly under the city of L.A.

To see a map on the 710 study website, click here. The map is also on an earlier post at The Source, along with more information about Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar’s opposition to the tunnel going under zones 1 and 2.