710 Expansion Project

Aug. 15, 2012 / By

The California Department of Transportation just completed a series of Community hearings to gather comments about this proposed expansion of the 71- Freeway.

From the CALTRANS Site HERE 

WHAT IS BEING PLANNED?
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with the Los Angeles
County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the Gateway Cities Council of
Governments, the Southern California Association of Governments, the Ports of Los Angeles
and Long Beach, and the Interstate 5 Joint Powers Authority, are proposing to improve
Interstate 710 (I-710) in Los Angeles County between Ocean Blvd. and State Route 60 (SR-
60). Major features include widening I-710 up to ten general purpose lanes (five lanes in each
direction), modernize and reconfigure the I-405, SR-91 and a portion of the I-5 interchanges
with I-710, modernize and reconfigure most local arterial interchanges along I-710, and
provision of a separated four-lane freight corridor to be used by conventional or zero-emission
trucks.

VoiceWaves Journalists Angela Or and Carl Phillips attended the community hearing at Long Beach’s Silverado Park and interviewed attendees including elected officials and residents.

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Angela Or

Angela Or is a 19 year old Cambodian and Thai American in Long Beach. She is a graduate of Lakewood High and a student at Cypress Community College. She comes from a family of nine which includes her parents, her six sisters, and herself. She is interested in advocating for equality and volunteering for charity. Angela is a youth-leader from CCEJ and facilitates the Building Bridges human relation camps. She has also volunteered with the GSA-Network and the Free the Children foundation, buying goats for families in India and helping build a clinic in Kenya with a humanitarian club. At her high school, she was the president of the Human Relation's Club, co-president of the Film Club, and a member of the Best Buddies' Club, devoting her lunches to spend time with youth with disabilities. Her goals include graduating college with a Bachelor's Degree or higher and having a career as an ultrasound technician. Angela aspires to make the world a better place through being an activist and using digital media to express the voices in our community.