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Would widening the 710 Freeway help or hurt Long Beach, East LA?

A Los Angeles County freeway on Dec. 1, 2009.
A Los Angeles County freeway on Dec. 1, 2009.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority gave its support this week for a $6 billion proposal to widen the 710 Freeway.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the plan would add one lane in each direction between Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach and the 60 Freeway in East Los Angeles. It could also make changes to 24 major streets and displace an estimated 436 people, many of which live in low income areas.

But the 710 corridor is a path for tens of thousands of trucks to access the ports of L.A. and Long Beach and Metro argues that as the number of trucks increase, congestion is rising. So will a wider freeway make for a better traffic flow?


Martin Wachs, distinguished professor emeritus of urban planning at UCLA

Adrian Martinez, staff attorney at the environmental law firm, EarthJustice