July 03, 2012
In its proposal for improvements to Interstate 710 in Los Angeles County between Ocean Boulevard and State Route 60, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is looking at a provision of a separate four-lane freight corridor to be used by conventional or zero-emission trucks.The goal of the freeway-widening project is to reduce diesel emissions, including ozone and ultrafine particulates, in the low-income neighborhoods that line the freeway, reports the Los Angeles Wave. Other major elements addressed in the Draft EIR/EIS include widening the I-710 freeway up to 10 general purpose lanes (five lanes in each direction); modernizing and reconfiguring the I-405, SR-91 and a portion of the I-5 interchanges with the I-710; and modernizing and reconfiguring most local arterial interchanges along the I-710. Currently, a draft of the environmental impact report is available for a 60-day public review. A series of public hearings will take place in August to update the public on the Draft EIR/EIS and the potential effects this project may have on the environment. Those hearing dates are:Aug. 7, 2012 (6 - 9 p.m.) - Progress Park, 15500 Downey Ave., Paramount, Calif.Aug. 8, 2012, (6 - 9 p.m.) - Silverado Park Community Center, 1545 W. 31st Street, Long Beach, Calif.Aug. 9, 2012 (4 - 8 p.m.) - Rosewood Park, 5600 Harbor Street, Commerce, Calif.The Draft EIR/EIS can be viewed online here.