710 Free­way gap must be closed

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Al­ter­nate routes,” May 29

By call­ing for im­proved road­ways, walk­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties, bet­ter bus ser­vice and bike lanes, what the Be­yond the 710 coali­tion pro­poses to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of the 710 Free­way stop­ping miles short of the 210 Free­way in Pasadena is a so­lu­tion for South Pasadena and parts of Al­ham­bra. That is all.

The re­gional net­work of free­ways re­quires this gap to be closed with a road­way open to com­mer­cial traf­fic. Be­yond the 710’s so­lu­tion does noth­ing for the com­mer­cial traf­fic from the ports of L.A. and Long Beach. Closing the gap would al­low truck traf­fic to reach the 210 and get up to the Grapevine and the Cen­tral Val­ley or to the 15 Free­way and the Ca­jon Pass, re­liev­ing pres­sure on other high­ways.

Just as rein­tro­duc­ing preda­tors into Yel­low­stone has had pos­i­tive ef­fects be­yond the wolves them­selves, closing the gap in our free­way net­work would have pos­i­tive ef­fects be­yond traf­fic in Al­ham­bra. It would im­prove the en­tire net­work.

Let’s not al­low wealthy, or­ga­nized NIM­BYs to ruin this net­work for the rest of us.

Bruce Scott


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