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Glendale to Intensify Fight Against Proposed 710 Freeway Tunnel

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A proposal to tunnel underneath a handful of cities to connect the 710 and 210 freeways has been a controversy for decades. And it's not over yet.

City of Glendale officials this week agreed to devote more resources to fighting the project, which currently has studied five different tunnel routes that could affect Alhambra, Glendale, La Cañada-Flintridge, Los Angeles, Monterey Park, San Marino, South Pasadena or Pasadena.

Joining La Canada and South Pasadena, Glendale, which only formally opposed the project last year, will now use funds to create an action plan, according to the Glendale News-Press. The action could involved legal challenges.

“I hear a clear consensus on wanting to take an active position against the tunnel and being more engaged in this,” said City Manager Jim Starbird, who also noted the costs associated could amount to the hundreds of thousands.

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One councilman opposed the move. “The analysis hasn’t been made. Environmental documents haven’t been done,” said Dave Weaver. “We don’t know which route it will go. Nothing has been done.”