City of Long Beach
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333 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Today, the Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors voted unanimously, 11-0, in favor of Alternative 5C, a motion that will modernize the I-710 South Corridor Project improving safety in and out of America's largest ports: The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Included in this action were amending motions, 5.1 and 5.2, which include a focus on a zero emissions corridor and expediting early action projects. The addition of a future general purpose lane must come back to the board for future approval once the early action projects are completed.
Motions 5C was supported by Mayor Robert Garcia, Long Beach City Council 710 Oversight Committee and the Port of Long Beach.
“The 710 is the gateway to America’s ports and we need to make the highway safer and modernize the on and off ramps,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The actions by the board will help us protect our communities and will provide hundreds of millions of dollars for significant improvements to neighborhoods along the 710. This Project will clean the air and move us toward a zero emissions future.”
Within Long Beach, the I-710 spans from the 91 freeway/710 interchange to the shoemaker bridge in Downtown Long Beach. The growth of the communities along the I-710 corridor and the increase in the number of trucks and cars have resulted in significant traffic delays and severe impacts on air quality, over the past five decades. Those most impacted are the vulnerable communities living along the corridor.
The environmental studies for the I-710 South Corridor Project started in 2008 to address significant traffic congestion and safety issues resulting from increasing traffic volumes and infrastructure deficiencies. Los Angeles Metro, in partnership with Caltrans, Gateway Cities Council of Governments (GCCOG), Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Southern California Association of Governments and the I-5 Joint Powers Authority (collectively, the Funding Partners) completed project scoping, alternatives analysis and other technical work in early 2011, leading to the preparation of the environmental document and preliminary engineering for the I-710 Corridor Project. The development of the Draft Environmental Document (DED) was guided by a public outreach framework, focused on a series of advisory committees formed to allow for significant public input at every step of the technical analysis process.
On June 21, 2017, the LA Metro Board of Directors circulated the Draft Environmental Document (DED) for the I-710 South Corridor Project for public review. The Project alternatives evaluated were revised to reflect community and agency input received during the first circulation of the DED in 2012 and LA Metro Board Motion 22.1 (2015), which added primarily non-freeway improvements to the Project and several mitigation and policy considerations. The Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIR/SDEIS) was circulated for 90 days and received close to 2,300 comments (188 individual entries). Based on public input and a performance evaluation of the two Project alternatives, including benefits and financial feasibility, it was recommended by Metro staff to proceed with Alternative 5C as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) to advance to the Final Environmental Document.
Alternative 5C includes:
For more information about Alternative 5C, visit: https://boardagendas.metro.net/board-report/2017-0849/.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor Janice Hahn, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Inglewood Mayor James Butts, and Councilmember Ara Najarian, proposed Alternative 5C with combined 5.1 and 5.2 refinements aimed at creating cleaner air for the communities along the I-710 Corridor, improve safety for both car and truck drivers, and make major investments in bike and pedestrian paths.
For more information about Motion 5.1, read here at https://boardagendas.metro.net/board-report/2018-0053/. Find more information about Motion 5.2 at https://boardagendas.metro.net/board-report/2018-0068/.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.