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Local Caltrans Director Tavares Disputes Metro Highway Chief Ansari Account of 710 Pause – Streetsblog Los Angeles




Last night, speaking at a happy hour event hosted by Streets for All, Caltrans District 7 Director Tony Tavares told his side of the story of Caltrans pausing the widening of the lower 710 Freeway. Tavares’ District 7 is responsible for Caltrans facilities – mostly freeways – throughout L.A. and Ventura Counties. Tavares’ account makes it clear that the version of the story being told by Metro Highway Program chief Abdollah Ansari is not true.

Metro and Caltrans’ $6 billion 710 Freeway widening project was essentially canceled when the federal Environmental Protection Agency mandated that it comply with the Clean Air Act. In early May, the statewide head of Caltrans, Toks Omishakin, announced that 710 widening would be…

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