Proclaiming July 10 as "710 Day" in the city, Alhambra reaffirmed its support for a controversial tunnel that would connect the Long Beach and Foothill freeways.
“We as a city want to raise awareness that now is the time [the 710 freeway] can be completed,” Alhambra Mayor Steve Placido said at a news conference Tuesday at City Hall.
Extending the 710 Freeway from its terminus in Alhambra via a tunnel to the 210 Freeway in Pasadena has long been a controversial proposal, with a collage of politically powerful neighborhoods and elected officials all coming down hard on the idea.
Opponents argue the connection would bring a deluge of big-rig traffic and corresponding noise and air pollution.
Officials in Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, La Cañada Flintridge and Los Angeles have all issued public statements opposing the 710 Freeway extension, as well as state and federal representatives.
Combined with an active coalition of residents opposed to the proposal — the No 710 Action Committee — the public argument in favor of a tunnel has hardly registered.