Councilmember Austin to host community meeting on 710 corridor project

Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin will host a community meeting on the proposed 710 Corridor Project and how it will impact local neighborhoods on Monday, Aug. 6 at 6:30pm at the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave.
“The 710 Freeway has a significant impact on many of our neighborhoods in the Eighth District,” Austin said. “I encourage residents to learn more about this project, the impacts it will have, and potential mitigation measures for our community.”
Major features of the project include: widening the I-710 up to 10 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 Aug. 29.
The proposed project is being planned by Caltrans, in cooperation with LA County Metro, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and the I-5 Joint Powers Authority.
On Sunday, Aug. 5 from 2pm to 4pm, the North Long Beach Community Action Group will host a discussion on the 710 EIR/EIS during its monthly meeting at the North Division Police Substation, 4891 Atlantic Ave.
On Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 6pm to 9pm, a public hearing on the project will be held at the Silverado Park Community Center, 1545 W. 31st St.
For more information, contact Austin’s office at (562) 570-6685 or district8@longbeach.gov .

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