Councilmember Al Austin Invites Residents to Meeting to Learn More about 710 Corridor Project

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Councilmember Al Austin

Councilmember Al Austin is urging residents to take advantage of upcoming opportunities to learn more about the proposed 710 Corridor Project and how it will impact our local neighborhoods. Austin is hosting an Eighth District Community Meeting on Monday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Expo Arts Center, located at 4321 Atlantic Avenue.

“The 710 Freeway has a significant impact on many of our neighborhoods in the Eighth District. I encourage residents to learn more about this project, the impacts it will have, and potential mitigation measures for our community,” said Austin

Major features of the project include widening the I-710 up to ten general purpose lanes (five lanes in each direction), modernizing and reconfiguring the interchanges from the 710 to the 405, 91 and 5 Freeways, as well as a number of local street interchanges, and providing a separated four-lane freight corridor to be used by conventional or zero-emission trucks.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) was released at the end of June, providing an analysis of the project and its environmental impacts, including air quality, noise, traffic and community impacts. The deadline for the public to comment on the Draft EIR/EIS is August 29, 2012.

The proposed project is being planned by Caltrans, in cooperation with L.A. County Metro, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and the I-5 Joint Powers Authority.

Residents will also have additional opportunities this week to learn more about the project and provide input.

On Sunday, August 5 from 2 to 4 p.m., the North Long Beach Community Action Group is holding a discussion on the 710 EIR/EIS at its monthly meeting at the North Division Police Substation, at 4891 Atlantic Avenue.

On Wednesday, August 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m, a public hearing on the project will be held at the Silverado Park Community Center, located at 1545 W. 31st Street.

For more information, please contact Councilmember Austin’s office at (562) 570-6685 or email

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