Street improvement plan adopted over LA-area freeway tunnel

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to build a 5-mile (8-kilometer) tunnel linking two Los Angeles-area freeways is dead after state officials decided on a street-improvement plan instead.

The final environmental impact report released Wednesday brings to an end a decades-long battle over how close a gap between the 710 freeway in East Los Angeles and the 210 freeway in Pasadena.

The proposed tunnel route went through neighborhoods including South Pasadena, which bitterly fought any extension plan - whether it was the tunnel or, before that, a surface freeway.

The total tunnel price tag was about $4 billion and critics said it was unfundable.

The state will instead fund roadway improvements to ease traffic that jams San Gabriel Valley streets in the gap.

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