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REMINDER: Special City Council Meeting Tonight Aug. 13

REMINDER: Special City Council Meeting Tonight Aug. 13

 CITY COUNCIL MEETING AUG. 13 ON 710 FREEWAY AT CONVENTION CENTER 

PASADENA, Calif.—A reminder that the public is encouraged to attend tonight's special meeting of the Pasadena City Council on the "SR-710 Study" beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., in the Conference Building, Rooms 101-105, on the lower level.  The Council is holding the meeting off-site from the Council Chambers at City Hall to accommodate a larger audience. 

The Council agenda is available online at http://ww2.cityofpasadena.net/councilagendas/2012%20agendas/Aug_13_12/agenda.asp  

 In addition, KPAS, the City’s government access TV station, will broadcast the meeting live on Channel 3 for Charter cable subscribers and on Channel 99 on the AT&T U-verse system.  The broadcast will be streamed live on the City’s website at www.cityofpasadena.net/CouncilAgendas/Video and can be viewed by clicking the link that says “Watch KPAS Live.” 

The current SR-710 Study is in an early phase of analysis, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the lead local agency for the study.  The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is the lead state agency.  While Pasadena, its residents and businesses will be directly impacted if the project is built, the project is not under local control by the City. 

Information from Metro’s website indicates the project is in a pre-Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) stage.  Metro is working with technical advisors, the public and other stakeholders to help determine alternative concepts and routes for further study and environmental analysis.  Metro’s schedule shows it plans to begin writing the Draft EIR later this year and to have Public Hearings on the document completed by the end of 2013. 

A primary goal of the project is to complete the I-710 Freeway “gap” by building an extension through Pasadena that connects the freeway with other transportation corridors—including possible connections to the I-210 Freeway or Highway 134—to help alleviate congestion and improve mobility in the overall study area bounded by State Route 2 and the Interstate 10, 210 and 605 Freeways.  Options for the 4.5-mile “gap” include surface-level roadways as well as a tunnel bored underneath South Pasadena and Pasadena.  Caltrans has sought since the 1960s to build an I-710 Freeway connection route. 

Pasadena City Council member Steve Madison also plans to hold two meetings on the freeway project, including: 

 

  • District 6 Forum—The 710 Freeway, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 18, at the Pasadena Convention Center; and  
  • District 6 Quarterly Town Hall Meeting, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,  Sept. 25, Braun Auditorium, Westridge School, 324 Madeline Drive 
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    The next meeting for Metro’s Technical Advisory Committee is set for 1:30 p.m., Aug. 29 at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Conference Room C, 900 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra. 

    Metro has provided several ways for the public to stay informed and engaged.   More detailed information is available online at www.metro.net/sr710study and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sr710 study.  Send email comments to Metro on the study at sr710study@metro.net or call Metro at (855) 477-7100 for more information. 

    For more information about the City of Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net. 

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    Posted: 8/13/2012 08:20:00 AM