The City of La Cañada Flintridge, in concert with many other area cities (South Pasadena, Pasadena, Glendale, Los Angeles), stands opposed to the proposed 710 Freeway Extension Project for several fundamental reasons, including:
1. The anticipated increase in truck traffic would increase pollution (diesel exhaust) to the detriment of many residents and children attending schools adjacent to the 210 Freeway.
2. Noise would dramatically increase as La Cañada Flintridge is one of the few communities along the 210 Freeway without soundwalls.
3. The proposed project would likely be used as a major goods movement (truck) route adding thousands of daily truck trips on the 210 Freeway through La Cañada Flintridge.
4. Preliminary cost estimates for the proposed project have ranged from $4 billion to over $10 billion – a more definitive estimate has yet to be determined as the final project option has yet to be selected.
5. A cost/benefit analysis has yet to be performed to fully understand the cost to build the proposed project, and to understand if the project would enhance regional freeway circulation.
6. Traffic modeling studies have shown that the 4-5 mile “tunnel option” if built would open at Level of Service F (traffic engineering lingo for bumper-to-bumper congestion) and therefore would not resolve current traffic issues.
For more information on the City’s efforts to fight the proposed 710 Freeway Extension Project, please contact the Administration Department at (818) 790-8880.