Posted by: gmcquade | September 24, 2009

Assemblyman Eng Urges Governor To Sign 710 Freeway Bill

Assemblyman Mike Eng and other lawmakers are urging the govenor to sign SB 545

Assemblyman Mike Eng and other lawmakers are urging the govenor to sign SB 545

Los Angeles, CA – Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) joined Senator Gil Cedillo (D – Los Angeles) and mayors from the cities of South Pasadena and Alhambra in front of the California Department of Transportation’s Los Angeles office and urged Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign Senate Bill 545 into law. SB 545, authored by Senator Cedillo, resolves a 50-year dispute over how best to connect Interstates 210 and 710 in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley regions.

The bill specifically would ban a surface street option connecting the two freeways. Currently, the State is studying the cost and environmental impact of building a tunnel that would connect these two freeways.

“With traffic from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach expected to double in the next 10 years and a population growth estimated at 10 million over the next 20 years, this freeway connection will greatly improve our region’s economy and reduction of transportation gridlock,” Assemblymember Eng said.

“I am proud that the this bill passed the Legislature with bi-partisan support and I now strongly encourage the Governor to sign the bill and help the Los Angeles and San Gabriel regions move forward with this project.”

The freeway connection dispute dates back to 1949 when the Department of Transportation developed a highway stem plan that included connecting the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena. Since then, the cities of Alhambra, Pasadena, South Pasadena and La Canada Flintridge have been deeply divided in how best to develop the highway infrastructure. Since 1949, drivers wishing to go from the I-210 to I-710 must get off the freeway and drive four miles of surface streets before being able to get back on the freeway.

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  1. great ^_^!


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