Dreier will try again for the funding this year, the aide said. It would have represented a down payment on the eventual $21 million cost for the soundwall segment.
La Cañada's strategy to move the local project up the list of soundwalls needed across the state remains in place, according to City Manager Mark Alexander.
The city funded a noise reduction study which the state has now accepted, and is trying to identify a one-third local match for the project. The city spent nearly half a million dollars for the study by Parsons Company.
The soundwall construction effort across the state languished when Caltrans pushed the issue to the local level, during one of the state's many budget crises.
It became a critical issue for La Cañada and other foothill cities when the 210 was extended to the 15 in San Bernardino, and truck traffic increased greatly, along with noise impact.
The city spent more than two years to have its sound study approved by the state, and finally achieved that goal.
Brent Whitfield, member of the ad hoc committee to support the soundwalls, said the group will continue to work to promote the city's efforts. He said he is also encouraged that Caltrans is studying the use of rubberized concrete for repairs, as a way of holding down the noise.
Once the La Cañada soundwall hits the top of the list, construction could take up to three years. Studies have indicated the walls could cut sound generation by as many as 8 decibels.
Promoters of the 710 Freeway tunnel project have promised non specific mitigation measures for cities along the 210 corridor if the tunnel is built and brings even more traffic. Such measures could include sound barriers.