With the 710 Dead, What Should Alhambra’s Position Be on the 710

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For years, the City of Alhambra has been at the head of the movement to extend the 710 north so that it meets the 210. For the region, the extension would have been a disaster, creating a new corridor for truck traffic to rumble through the Southland. But for Alhambra, which has dealt with trucks using local streets to get from the 710 to other freeways, the extension was seen as a critical local project.

But now, with the 710 extension project dead, Alhambra is left to both decide how to use monies set aside for the extension and work with regional and state legislators to make things better for residents dealing with truck traffic. Tonight, the City Council will meet to discuss state legislation and perhaps begin to create a new position for the city.

On the agenda for tonight: should the state remove the “stub” of the existing 710 from the state highway network and possibly take a position on who should get control of the right-of-way for the one mile of freeway that extends north of the I-10 in the current configuration.

In the Alhambra Source, Mayor Jeff Maloney sounds interested in turning the current freeway stub into a park. The new green space would provide civic, public health and environmental benefits. But Maloney understands that whatever decision the Council makes will have long-reaching implications and he wants to make sure many voices are heard before any decisions are made.

The City Council will meet tonight. You can read their full agenda, here, and read more about tonight’s meeting and the 710 at the Alhambra Source.

(Note, the City of Alhambra’s website was down at the moment this article was published.)

  • GlobalLA

    Alhambra lost a great opportunity with the proposed 710 tunnels. The new discussions now will be typical “green space”, “parks”, and other topics that will do nothing to address our housing needs and traffic will still be an issue because new transportation networks (that the tunnels could have provided) are gone. Good luck Maloney with your Unicorn meetings.

  • Danny

    Removing the stub will force the trucks to use the 110 North to reach 210. Its a terrible detour. I wish they will enlarge the 110 fwy and smooth out the sharp curves. They need to add a direct connection to the 210 fwy.

  • Aj

    open a toll and alhambra residents get free passes

  • helloWorld

    they should connect the 710 stub with the 110 and eliminate the portion of the 110 that goes through south Pasadena

  • QuestionQue

    The SR110 Freeway north of the US 101 prohibits trucks so your first statement is absolutely wrong.

  • QuestionQue

    The 710 north of I-10 should be converted into a boulevard allowing stores to build along the route and houses to be built on connecting side streets. The boulevard may be extended north to connect to Concord Ave. Stores and homes will add to the tax base of the communities to provide money for added police, fire and other services. The freeway takes valuable land from the communities to allow others to pass through while placing a burden on the residents.

  • QuestionQue

    The stub of the 710 in Pasadena needs to be removed to fill the huge gash through downtown Pasadena. A boulevard with mixed use residential above retail is a better use of this prime real estate.

  • helloWorld

    how about building over the freeway and keep the freeway; make that section a 6-10 lane tunnel. that area still needs a connector. pretty sure connecting the 110 freeway with the 710 stub would be better than creating the 110 connector with the 210 to the east of the 710 stub. not sure if caltrans is still planning that though; probably just adding a shoulder to the 110. eliminating most of the south pasadena 110 alignment would allow for 1.6 miles of green space/housing.

    you could align the 110 near arroyo park and tunnel for about 1 mile to the current 710 stub

    traffic won’t go away. adding additional residential will just cause more traffic. not everyone is going to take the gold line, because many can’t.

  • QuestionQue
  • QuestionQue

    A rendering commissioned by the West Pasadena Residents Association shows what the city might look like if development occurred on the freeway stub meant to connect the 710 Freeway to the 210. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c043119a0f3ddcc1147b831e25816f1fcefb981c65566882c03dec168a169c09.jpg

  • Numan Parada

    Absent visionary leadership to build the tunnel at this moment, I would much rather keep both stubs in some form. The better idea regarding the northern stub is to cap it instead of fill it. This preserves the freeway stub since even that is still useful to channel traffic onto St.John/Pasadena Aves. and ultimately Fremont Ave. (and hopefully fix that intersection at Columbia Ave. while we’re at it). Then, you can use the capped space for whatever use they want while still preserving the freeway for the tunnel in the future, a tunnel we will still need no matter what fixes are done to local streets.

    As for the southern stub, the Beyond the 210 document from 2015 suggested downgrading instead of eliminating the stub and have the new boulevard reach Mission and swing east to default onto Fremont. After that, there will be no shortage of excess land for whatever use is desired.

    Couple that with the northern stub improvement I mentioned, and we have a seamless street connection connecting regional travelers from points south to the 210 west. Perhaps it could even be state-maintained to add a measure of continuity. (Curiously, the Portantino and Holden bills don’t delete the route outright, but instead downgrades it, leaving the possibility of a street-running state highway.) Frankly, that is better than nothing at all (or even less than nothing if these stub elimination schemes go through).

  • douglasawillinger

    Basically fine if built as a deck that preserves the existing freeway stub right of way.

    Criminal if otherwise.

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