The Metro Board will consider Thursday awarding a $37.3-million contract to CH2M Hill to prepare the environmental impact reports and preliminary engineering for a potential project to help improve traffic congestion in the area of the gap in the 710 freeway between Alhambra and Pasadena.
Here’s the staff report from Thursday’s full Board meeting.. Metro held 20 public meetings this past spring called “710 Conversations” to generate ideas from the public on what type of project — if any — those who live and work in the area would like to see.
The staff report to the Board says the project “may include, but not be limited to: surface and subsurface highway/freeway construction, heavy rail and bus/light rail systems, local street upgrades, traffic management systems and a no build alternative.”
There is a 4.5-mile gap in the 710 between Valley Boulevard on the Alhambra/Los Angeles border and Del Mar Boulevard in Pasadena. The Measure R sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008 included up to $780 million for a 710 project to be defined through the environmental study process.
The 710 opened between Long Beach and Valley Boulevard in 1965. Here’s a post from last year with some history of the issue — and it’s an issue with a long history!