MTA board members voted to move ahead with plans to reconstruct an 18-mile stretch of the freeway from the harbors to rail yards in Commerce and East Los Angeles, transforming it from a 1950s-style road with six to 10 lanes to a modern 14-lane highway, with four lanes designed exclusively for trucks. Some portions of the truck lanes could be elevated.
Community and health activists pleaded with the board to pay more attention to health concerns, and they criticized the fact that most MTA directors apparently never saw the lengthy report that a 35- member community advisory group from 18 cities along the freeway route spent a year compiling. Transportation officials created the panel in May 2003 in response to residents' outcry that they were being ignored in favor of the ports and shipping interests.
[Angelo Logan] unsuccessfully called for the vote to be delayed until MTA directors could read the full report. An MTA spokesman said later that directors did receive an abridged version.