Research Paper - 1 Fonda Quan Professor Flores HS 370 March...

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Fonda Quan Professor Flores HS 370 March 1, 2011 The Interstate 710 was and is still a major route consisting of twenty-three miles from north to south within Los Angeles County. It is also officially known as Long Beach Freeway because it runs along the Los Angeles River from Long Beach to City of Alhambra from the North bound. South bound in Long Beach has officially become a part of Seaside Freeway. Seaside Freeway consists of 710’s south bound leading to the Schuyler Heim Bridge and Terminal Island Freeway. Basically, the Interstate 710 South bound ends at Desmond Bridge to Terminal Island and north bound ends on Valley Boulevard in City of Alhambra. Before November 18, 1954, this Interstate was known to be Los Angeles River Freeway and had an initial plan of having this route to extend from Terminal Island (South) all the way to Pasadena (North). Between 1954 and 1964, it was known as State Route 15, but because Interstate 15 exists, it was changed to State Route 7. In 1983 to 1984, it officially became Interstate 710 because it was already built at an Interstate standard. In 1933, Legislative Route 167 was initially designed to extend from San Pedro east, to Long Beach, and north to City of Monterey Park. Later, an expansion was included to extend the Route to City of Pasadena. In 1983, the Long Beach Freeway was approved as an Interstate and officially became Interstate 710 in 1984. Historic plan was to have the Interstate extend from Terminal Island all the way to City of Pasadena. The "unbuilt" portion from Alhambra to Pasadena was initially set to construct a parallel to 1
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Atlantic Boulevard in Alhambra and Los Robles, which extends from City of San Marino to Pasadena. Many residents of Alhambra and San Marino opposed to this plan and thus, proposed an alternative route that “skirted” Alhambra west and intersecting South Pasadena. That didn’t go thru with same amount of oppositions from South Pasadena and El Sereno residents. This delayed Caltrans from finishing its plan and soon, the plan once again vanished. As stated in the South Pasadena City Hall History Statement, “Few cities in the nation are better recognized for determination to preserve its neighborhoods and small-town atmosphere. Support for a fight against a major highway project through the City has come from all across the country. South Pasadena has been cited five times on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of Most Endangered Places. Having already seen its historic landscape carved into subdivisions by one freeway, the city is committed to preventing construction of another freeway extension that would destroy its neighborhoods, its heritage and its economic survival.” The extension and/or expansion of the Interstate 710 have various positive and negative feedbacks. City of Alhambra supports the expansion and improvement of Southern California transportation network one hundred percent. For this will decrease the amount of traffic to flow into the streets of Alhambra and to ensure the safety of residents’ lives and healthy by not having the streets be congested.
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