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710 Alternatives Include 2 Garvanza Routes

As Metro and Caltrans look to narrow their proposed 710 Freeway extension alternatives, Garvanza residents are worried they'll be caught in the crosshairs.

A pair of proposed freeways that would run through the neighborhood of Garvanza are still on the table as Metro and Caltrans look to narrow down their list of proposed SR-710 Freeway extension projects.

Metro will host a Community Liaison Council Meeting on Monday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. at on 4580 N. Figueroa St. to gather further community feedback about the proposed 710 extension alternatives. It will be one of the final community meetings held by Metro before the public comment period closes on Wednesday, August 29. 

Metro has been fighting for decades to extend SR-710 beyond its northern terminus in Alhambra to SR-210 in Pasadena--in an effort to alleviate commercial traffic from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles--but has been met by strong community opposition from residents of South Pasadena.

After conducting an extensive series of community meetings throughout the spring of 2011, Metro defined an approximately 110-square mile study area, which included 12 traffic mitigating "alternative concepts." Those 12 alternatives will be narrowed down to five following the conclusion of the public comment period, and will be studied during a two-year Environmental Impact Report (EIR) phase.

Among the 12 alternatives--which include "no build" and light rail/bus rail projects--are two freeway extensions that would run directly through the heart of Garvanza.

Alternative F5 would connect to SR-134 at a new interchange created near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Avenue 64. According to maps provided by Metro, the bulk of the route would run beneath the neighborhood of Garvanza.

A proposed above ground route, Alternative H2, would connect to SR-134 in the north by way of Avenue 64.

Tina Gulotta-Miller of the Garvanza Improvement Association said she is strongly opposed to the construction of any freeway extension through Garvanza.

In addition to the potential disruption of the historic neighborhood's character due to a massive construction project, she feared that even the potential for building in the area would deter new families from moving to the neighborhood.

"This is a major concern to our community, [if we were to land on the short list of potential projects]," Gulotta-Miller said. "Anyone who looks to buy property in Garvanza would be subject to a disclosure by a real estate agent that these projects might be built. That's a mandated blight on our community, and it would stop a lot of the momentum we've built up."

Gulotta-Miller, who is also a member of the , has placed a discussion item on about the proposed SR-710 extension options.

frank van neutra lautner August 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
"This article was posted on the site on Wednesday morning, and the agenda for the HHPNC meeting was posted on Monday. I'm not sure how one would miss them if they checked the site semi-regularly. However, feel free to contact me at david.fonseca@patch.com if you're having trouble accessing our articles, and I'll see what I can do to help." @ David Fonseca: I suppose some of us with a job or an education and a life to attend to might define "semi-regularly" a bit differently than you seem to.
Anonymous August 03, 2012 at 06:46 PM
David – part of the “raise awareness” you need to get out is this: The SR-710 North Extension is not being built for commuters. It's intended as part of a goods movement system that ties into the Expansion of the I-710 South and the High Desert Corridor. http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/metro-transportation-projects-2011/ http://www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/keston/documents/710FinancingCharretteFinalReport_001.pdf The SR-710 North Extension tunnel(s) would likely connect the lower 710 freeway with the already heavily congested 210 freeway which will lead to gridlock conditions for everyone. http://www.burbankusa.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=3034 http://www.lacanadaflintridge.com/docfiles/city/cc_na_mis_090721_092848.pdf To pay for the huge construction and upkeep costs (based on the $5.6 billion estimate) a Public Private Partnership must be forged. These investors need to make a profit from this deal and tolls will be charged. Tolls create 35% diversion traffic (probably more do to tolls). Drivers unwilling to pay the “average” fees of $5.64 for cars and $15.23 for cargo trucks will likely take the “short cut” through local neighborhood streets. http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/transportation/PDFs/2010%2007%2008%20Metro%20Study%20Infraconsult%20Exec%20Sum%20PPP.pdf http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/transportation/PDFs/2008%20Draft%20RTP%20Tunnel%20Financial%20Assessment.pdf Vehicle exhaust cannot be properly filtered leading to health issues
Anonymous August 03, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Sorry typo - should be: They expect 35% diversion traffic (probably more do to these pricy tolls of $5.64 for cars and $15.23 for freight trucks) http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/transportation/PDFs/2008%20Draft%20RTP%20Tunnel%20Financial%20Assessment.pdf Page 4 Health info extended: Vehicle exhaust cannot be properly filtered and will lead to health issues not only for the drivers who use the tunnel but also for the surrounding communities where the exhaust is vented. Tunnels Concentrate Air Pollution By Up To 1,000 Times: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090827101241.htm http://eprints.qut.edu.au/27536/ People who live withinup to 1.5 miles of a major freeway ...: http://www.azcentral.com/news/air-quality/?content=1-overview Lung Cancer, Cardiopulmonary Mortality, and Long-term Exposure to Fine Particulate Air Pollution: http://psr-la.org/files/Cardiovascular_Pope.pdf Disruption of the Blood-Brain Barrier: http://tpx.sagepub.com/content/36/2/289
ChickenBoyFan August 03, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Just remember to VOTE NO on the Measure R tax extension. It will be on the ballot in November. Say it with me....."NO on measure R!!!
ChickenBoyFan August 09, 2012 at 12:34 AM
They will report what they are told to report. It seems to be the way biz is conducted in the LA government now. There have been outside studies done that will prove otherwise. Yes we live in a fragile geological area, with watersheds and faultlines that will be bored into, in the event of a tunnel. The tunnel will be 100 feet underground.

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