Posted by: gmcquade | October 12, 2009

Longtime 710 Freeway Consultant and Former City Attorney Response to Governor’s Vetoe of SB 545

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Vetoed SB 545 on 710 Freeway

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Vetoed SB 545 on 710 Freeway.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Vetoed SB 545 on 710 Freeway Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last night vetoed a bill that would have limited the options of completing the 710 Freeway, which is considered the missing link of the regional freeway system saypublished reports.If signed, the bill would have put the brakes on any chance of a surface route. It steps up the chances of another option – a 4.5-mile tunnel under South Pasadena, connecting to the 134/210 freeway exchange.

“When we learned that Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed SB 545 it came as a surprise, because there were many people, who came together in agreement for the first ever on

a 710 Freeway solution,” former Alahmra City Attorney Leland Dolley and 710 Freeway Completion project consultant. Dolley has been working on the 710 freeway completion since 1971.

Leland Dolley, former City of Alhambra attorney
Leland Dolley, former City of Alhambra attorney

“Governor’s vetoe was only a small bump in an long road, because the next step will be to move into a full environmental evaluation of the project.  Now, it’s time to have 710 completion project analyzed under the environmental process,” said Dolley.

“It will be done by the appropriate agencies and transportation clearing houses for funding. It should be clear to everyone involved, that the environmental process should be complete, indepth and agreeable to all parties involved,” explained Dolley.

“The 710 must be completed, because it represents the greatest reduction of air pollution, traffic congestion of any project anywhere in Southern California. Completion is needed and required in order to meet the air quality standards required by law,” he said.

“We’re excited about the project as we believe the 710 Freeway completion  should move forward with due speed. The longer we wait the more its going to cost in terms of  dollars, traffic congestion and health in SoCal,” Dolley said.

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