FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about Advancing Alhambra. Please get in touch with us if you have any additional questions or comments.

In 2017 the Metro board passed a motion effectively abandoning the tunnel project in favor of local mobility improvement projects aimed at bringing relief to 710 corridor cities.

Metro reallocated tunnel funding to area municipalities to enhance transportation capacity and reduce traffic congestion in the I-710 extension corridor.

Advancing Alhambra is the city’s plan to identify and ultimately address traffic and transit issues in lieu of the 710 tunnel. The goal is to improve the city’s streets and thoroughfares and cut down on cut-through traffic without negatively impacting the overall region.

We are in the very early stages of the process. Currently Advancing Alhambra is completing the initial research phase led by local transit experts retained by the City: Gibson Transportation Consulting and Kimley-Horn. These experts have analyzed the region and identified four major locations within Alhambra as targets for potential mobility projects. With these preliminary studies completed, the Advancing Alhambra team is now seeking the input of area residents to help define the problem and begin shaping targeted solutions.

Four locations have been identified for improvements projects: Conversion of the I-710 stub from a six-lane freeway into a four-lane arterial street between the I-10/I-710 interchange and Valley Boulevard, as well as upgrades at three key Alhambra I-10 interchanges – Fremont, Atlantic and Garfield. The four locations can be viewed here.

The 710 stub is the portion of the 710 Freeway north of Interstate 10 that ends at Valley Boulevard. It is one of the areas of the 710 corridor that is targeted by Advancing Alhambra for possible improvements.

With interchange improvements, it is projected that more people will stay on I-10 rather than get off at the 710 stub and cut through Alhambra. The four improvements together are projected to provide local relief without altering regional travel patterns.

Yes. Major road improvements such as those being contemplated are not made in a bubble. Caltrans requires that the proposed improvements in Alhambra both improve traffic locally and avoid traffic impacts in the surrounding region. Advancing Alhambra representatives have met with and will continue to meet and coordinate with abutting jurisdictions, as well as the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG), and the City and County of Los Angeles.

LA County Metro and Caltrans will play an integral role in the process as the agencies will be responsible for the actual improvements. To garner support from the two agencies, it is essential that the proposed improvements in Alhambra not only improve traffic locally, but also avoid causing additional traffic impacts in the surrounding region, as well as demonstrate local support.

Advancing Alhambra is in the very early stages of the process and is currently in the study phase.

  • Fall 2020 – Initiate studies
  • Fall 2021 – Scoping Documents Complete
  • Fall 2023 - Fall 2024 – Environmental Complete
  • Fall 2024 - Fall 2025 – Final Design Complete – Ready for Construction
  • Spring 2026 to Fall 2027 Construction Complete

The community’s participation is critical to making these improvements happen, and we encourage your involvement throughout the process. We are seeking input from residents and other local stakeholders about their personal experiences with the four locations identified for potential improvements. Please take a moment to share your experience today.

We want to hear from you.

Share your experience with these locations here.