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    "Community Open House" Re 710 Fwy. Expansion Options Scheduled For LB April 28

    (April 19, 2003) -- A "Community Open House" on the 710 freeway expansion project will be held in LB on Monday, April 28...and the public can arrive anytime between 6:00-8:00 p.m. for the event at the LB Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave.

    A flier states, "Come learn what improvements are being planned for the I-710 Corridor. Some of these improvements include widening of I-710, redesign and reconstruction of freeway interchanges. We want to hear your suggestions and comments...Each open house will have experts available to answer your questions. There will be no formal presentation..."

    A spokesman for the organizer of the event tells that additional opportunities for public comment (meetings, open houses, etc.) are in the process of being scheduled.

    The Gateway Cities Council of Governments is the lead agency for the 710 Major Corridor Study (undertaken jointly by the Gateway group, L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Caltrans and So. Cal. Ass'n of Governments).

    The Gateway government group has been criticized for not making detailed maps of the 710 freeway options more easily accessible to the public and [to date of this posting] not putting neighborhood impact maps of the various options on the Gateway Cities' internet web site. [Some media accounts elsewhere have suggested this may be forthcoming.]

    As previously reported by, the President of the Board of Directors of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments is LB Vice Mayor Frank Colonna. LB Mayor Beverly O'Neill is also a member of the group's 29 member Board of Directors (one Councilmember from each member city, plus the Port of LB and one member of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors). Mayor O'Neill has delegated her duties to 1st district LB Councilmember Bonnie Lowenthal.

    The Gateway group's Executive Committee includes Vice Mayor Colonna...who is also on the Gateway Council's I-710 Oversight Policy Committee which will make final decisions regarding the study.

    In June, 2002, the Oversight Committee decided on five alternatives, summarized below (text from accompanying fact sheet disseminated on behalf of the agency):

    • Alternatives A and B: These alternatives include all currently planned projects as well as operational improvements, such as technology to help manage traffic flow efficiently. These legally required "no project" alternatives do not include construction to significantly enhance I-710 capacity.

    • Alternative C: Estimated cost, $2.2 billion to $3 billion. Key elements:
      • Add general-purpose lane in each direction to selected segments.
      • Some improvements at freeway-to-freeway and local interchanges.
      • Truck bypass lanes around freeway-to-freeway interchanges.
      • Separate truck ramps at PCH and Washington Blvd. interchanges.
      • New interchange at Slauson Ave.
      • Four-lane extension of Terminal Island Freeway (SR-47/103) to I-710 north of I-405.
      • Capacity enhancements to 10 arterials, including one new lane in each direction.

    • Alternative D: Estimated cost, $2.5 billion to $3.4 billion. Key elements:
      • Add two general-purpose lanes in each direction in some segments, one lane in others. Add one carpool/bus lane in each direction in some segments, two lanes in others. In some locations, lanes would be elevated above I-710 median (similar to I-110).
      • Major improvements at freeway-to-freeway and local interchanges, including direct carpool connectors at I-405.
      • Four-lane viaduct connecting State Route 47 and Alameda Street.
      • Capacity enhancements to four arterials, including one new lane in each direction.
      • Preserves possibility of high-speed rail line between downtown Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles.

    • Alternative E: Estimated cost, $2.5 billion to $3.1 billion. Key elements:
      • Add two exclusive truck lanes in each direction from between Willow Street in Long Beach to and Whittier Blvd in East Los Angeles.
      • Lanes would be elevated in certain segments.
      • Dedicated ingress and egress points for trucks at selected locations.
      • Adds two exclusive, mostly elevated auto lanes in each direction between Shoemaker Bridge near downtown Long Beach and Willow Street in Long Beach.
      • Major improvements to freeway-to-freeway interchanges.
      • New interchange at Slauson Avenue.
      • Capacity enhancements to five arterials, including one new lane in each direction.
      • Eliminate access at 16 ramps.

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