Los Angeles Times: Caltrans effectively kills 710 Freeway extension after decades-long battle

Thursday, November 29 2018

California transportation officials effectively ended a six-decade battle over the unfinished 710 Freeway this week, recommending against a costly, controversial freeway tunnel that would have been the longest in the state.

Caltrans’ decision to prioritize a series of street improvements over an extension of the freeway comes a year after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority stripped the 710 tunnel of about $700 million in funding and dedicated the funds to freeway, interchange and surface street improvements.

Local officials, including Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, cheered the decision, calling it a “historic day” decades in the making. State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) said the decision would eliminate “the threat of the freeway.”

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