In order to prevent a $245,000-grant to construct a sound wall along the Foothill (210) Freeway from expiring, La Cañada City Council members decided this week that state transportation officials should oversee plans for two wall segments that could be built sooner rather than later.
One wall segment would be raised along the south side of the 210 Freeway between the Foothill Boulevard eastbound freeway on-ramp and Berkshire Place — essentially a barrier serving the Meadow Grove residential area.
Another shorter segment would go up opposite the first wall on the north side of the freeway along the westbound freeway off-ramp at Foothill Boulevard.
Officials have not specified a timeline for construction, but before work could begin, the City Council would have to approve bids for the wall design.
The cooperative agreement with Caltrans, approved unanimously by the council, would have that agency oversee plans by a private contractor rather than have the state agency do its own design work.