Good news for motorists

Foothill Boulevard Town Center work set to be completed soon.

April 24, 2008|By Ruth Longoria

If you’re tired of creeping slowly through the one-lane of traffic along Foothill Boulevard these days, the good news is — construction is almost completed and most work should be finished by the end of May, city staff said during an update at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

That’s really good news for John Yeghiaian, owner of Berge’s Sandwiches, which has lost between 30% and 40% of its business in the past few weeks while construction work continued on the boulevard, Yeghiasian said.

“I’m just glad it’s going to finally be over,” he said, adding that the work has taken much less time than he expected. “When I first heard they were going to be done by Fiesta Days [the city’s annual celebration scheduled for Memorial Day weekend] I thought ‘no way,’ but I’m really pleased, [the work is] moving as fast as they said the city said it would. We’ll all be thrilled when it’s done.”


About 30 commercial buildings and businesses north of the boulevard endured about six hours with no electrical service beginning about 10 p.m. Monday as a planned power outage enabled workers to complete a project to move overhead wires underground. Two and one-half crews of utility workers worked through the night and a rack and tension pole were relocated on Valley Sun Lane near Angeles Crest Highway as part of the project, Southern California Edison representative David A. Ford told the council Monday night.

Traffic signals within the area also were affected; however, the sheriff’s department helped monitor at those locations during the process, Ford said.

All businesses affected were contacted prior to the planned outage, thanks to the coordination of La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce President Pat Anderson, Ford said. He also thanked city staff, Town Center developer Darren Mattix and Southern California Edison for working together to make the project work so smoothly.

Monday night’s work was expected to be the last obstacle to getting work completed on the Town Center’s ‘C’ building. However, when the power company’s wires were moved, it was discovered that a fiber optic cable used to monitor power lines remained, which will still have to be moved, Mattix said on Tuesday. Although that complicates and delays some construction on the Town Center, it’s not expected to affect residents and other businesses, he added.

Work along Chevy Chase Drive also is nearing completion, said Edward Hitti, La Cañada’s director of public works. That portion of the Town Center project involved landscaping and re-striping, as well as sidewalks and driveway approaches, which already have been completed, Hitti told the council on Monday, adding that the striping and landscaping should be finished by the end of next week. Medians on the east side of Foothill Boulevard are on schedule and set to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

“The key issue is to finish the pedestrian crossings and the traffic signal [at Chevy Chase Drive] will be almost the last thing to be completed,” he said. The other major city project — sewer district No. 3 — also is just about wrapped up, Hitti said.

“Just about all that’s left is finalizing the invoicing.”

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