Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Legislation to Bury 710 Freeway Option Once and For All Advances

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Legislation to Bury 710 Freeway Option Once and For All Advances

 

Sacramento, CA - Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to remove the 710 North Project Area between Interstate 210 and Interstate 10 from the California State Freeway and Expressway code, Assembly Bill 29, unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Transportation today.

 

“Fixing our state’s highway code to reflect the new reality is the logical next step to bury the tunnel idea once and for all,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.

 

The legislation specifies that State Route 710 is from Route 1 to Route 10, eliminating any future possibility of a freeway tunnel. Assembly Bill 29 aims to quell lingering concerns about Caltrans’ Final Environmental Impact Report and a 2017 Los Angeles Metro motion to move away from the tunnel concept for largely financial reasons. The reasoning for both decisions may leave the tunnel solution open to future consideration. 

 

“We are at a tipping point with the 60 year project and we couldn’t get to this point without the decades of hard work, passion, and leadership of community stakeholders who have also made a direct impact on my views on this issue,” said Holden.

 

Assembly Bill 29 is one step closer to the Governor for review and now advances to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.