Every day, thousands of people use the I-710 freeway to get to work or school. At the same time, trucks loaded with cargo from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles head north up I-710 with merchandise and materials going to stores and factories across the country.
As a result of population growth, an increase in the number of cargo containers arriving at the Ports, increasing traffic volumes, and aging infrastructure, the I-710 freeway experiences serious congestion and safety issues that need to be addressed. Local residents, governments and community groups are working together to figure out how to make the I-710 safer and easier to drive, improve air quality and public health, and improve the freeway's design and traffic flow.
Recirculated Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS
Previously, a Draft EIR/EIS was released for public comment in 2012. Based on the comments received and new information, a new set of alternatives was developed and analyzed in the RDEIR/SDEIS that was released on July 21, 2017. The alternatives studied in the RDEIR/SDEIS include Alternative 1 (No Build), Alternative 5C (Modernization of I-710 Freeway), and Alternative 7 (Modernization and Addition of a Clean-Emission Freight Corridor). All build alternatives proposed also include programmatic elements, including a zero emission/near zero emission truck deployment program, expanded transit services, and a community health benefit program. The public comment period for the RDEIR/SDEIS was ultimately extended to Monday, October 23, 2017. All official comments received have been reviewed and will be responded to as part of the Final RDEIR/SDEIS.
At the Metro Board Meeting held on March 1, 2018, the Metro Board of Directors selected Alternative 5C as the Locally Preferred Alternative for the I-710 Corridor Project. This Board action recognized the need for immediate investment in the corridor by prioritizing implementation of local interchange and arterial road upgrades, new pedestrian and bike crossings, and support in identifying funds for the purchase of near-zero and zero emission trucks that operate in the I-710 corridor until funds for larger corridor improvements become available. All recommendations for mainline freeway widening projects in the future will be presented to the Metro Board for review and approval.
Metro is joined by several partner agencies in completing the I-710 Corridor Project EIR/EIS. These agency partners include the California Department of Transportation , the Gateway Cities Council of Governments , the I-5 Consortium Cities Joint Powers Authority, the Port of Long Beach , the Port of Los Angeles , and the Southern California Association of Governments .
Metro’s objectives for the I-710 Corridor Project EIR/EIS are shaped by priorities identified by stakeholders along the I-710 corridor during and following the MCS effort. These objectives include developing transportation alternatives that will:
- Improve air quality
- Improve mobility, congestion and safety
- Assess alternative, green goods movement technologies
The I-710 Corridor Project EIR/EIS seeks to break new ground in not only identifying impacts and mitigation strategies but in engaging community members and stakeholders in developing strategies to improve air quality, mobility, and quality of life.
Through a representative community advisory committee structure, outreach activities are designed to provide stakeholders the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the technical team throughout the life of the project. Community participation for the I-710 Corridor Project EIR/EIS is modeled on the highly regarded program used to complete the MCS.
The project team continues to work closely with the advisory committees to provide progress updates and receive feedback from the community. To learn more about the project, please review the information and resources tabs on this website. If you have any questions or comments, please visit the “Contact Us” section on the website for e-mail, regular mail, project hotline, and comment form details.
The public is invited to stay involved by:
- Attending regular advisory committee meetings.
- Participating in community forums.
- Submitting comments and questions via web or phone.
- Joining the project mailing list.
The revised schedule is noted below and is subject to change:
- Circulate RDEIR/SDEIS for public review (Summer 2017)
- Identify Preferred Alternative (Fall 2017)
- Complete Final EIR/EIS (Winter 2018)
- Project Approval/Record of Decision (Winter 2018)
Please visit this website on a regular basis to stay informed of the latest updates.