Assemblymember Holden's Legislation to Remove 710 North Project Area from Freeway Code Passes First Policy Committee

Published : Monday, March 25, 2019 | 6:42 PM

An aerial view of the 710 stub in Pasadena, nicknamed "The Ditch" by many activists who wish to see it handed over to community control. Image courtesy Connect Pasadena via Facebook

Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to remove the 710 North Project Area between Interstate 210 and Interstate 10 from the California State Freeway and Expressway code, Assembly Bill 29, passed the Assembly Transportation Committee today on a unanimous vote.

“Fixing our state’s highway code to reflect the new reality is the logical next step to bury the tunnel idea once and for all,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.

The legislation aims to quell lingering concerns about Caltrans’ Final Environmental Impact Report and a 2017 Los Angeles Metro motion to move away from the tunnel concept for largely financial reasons. The reasoning for both decisions may leave the tunnel solution open to future consideration.

Holden’s legislation specifies that State Route 710 is from Route 1 to Route 10, essentially eliminating any future possibility of freeway tunnel.

“We couldn’t get to this point without the decades of hard work, passion, and leadership of community stakeholders, who have also made a direct impact on my views on this issue,” said Holden. “I plan to continue to work with the impacted cities and Caltrans to take the next steps which includes relinquishing the land into their jurisdiction to allow them to decide how this disputed land can serve the whole community.

 

 

 

 

 

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