Solis: Los Angeles County, I-605/I-10 Interchange Deserve Fair Share of Transportation Funding
Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (CA-32) issued the following statement today after proposed improvements at the I-10/I-605 interchange were left off the list of freeway improvements announced last week by the California Transportation Commission. Nearly 438,000 vehicles use this highly congested interchange each day.
In the statement, Solis urges the Governor and the California Transportation Commission to revise its recommendations before the February 28th vote and to equitably fund Los Angeles projects, including the I-605/I-10 interchange.
"Of the five million people who voted for Proposition 1B, twenty-three percent (roughly 1.2 million people) live in Los Angeles County. They approved Proposition 1B assuming the funds generated would go to projects to relieve congestion, improve movement of goods, enhance air quality and strengthen the safety and security of the transportation system. Since thirty percent of the state's congestion is in Los Angeles County, it makes sense that funding would be concentrated here.
"Unfortunately, the California Transportation Commission recommendations do a significant disservice to those residents in Los Angeles County who voted for Proposition 1B. Of the $2.8 billion being allocated, the California Transportation Commission has recommended that only $328 million be allocated to Los Angeles County. This is only twelve percent of the total amount recommended to be allocated statewide, and only twenty-two percent of the amount recommended for Southern California. The recommended funding levels could result in reduced funding for many of Metro's projects and jeopardizes the ability to move forward on much needed improvements.
"The funding recommendations do a particular disserve to residents of the San Gabriel Valley, who will continue to struggle with the current state of the I-605/I-10 interchange in Baldwin Park. Nearly 438,000 vehicles use this highly congested traffic corridor daily. This high volume of traffic poses tremendous risk to the community of Baldwin Park, which is home to nearly 80,000 people in a seven square mile area, and those who commute through the region. This risk is not only to pedestrian safety but also to residents whose health is impacted by the increasing congestion. Improvement of the I-605/I-10 interchange is necessary for the quality of life and safety of residents in the San Gabriel Valley Region. Further delay in the upgrade of this interchange will result in unnecessary expenditures and risk to the local communities and the region.
"I strongly urge the Governor and the California Transportation Commission revise these recommendations before the February 28 vote and to equitably fund Los Angeles County projects, including the I-605/I-10 interchange."