La Cañada Flintridge will solidify in the coming weeks an agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that will allow the city to spend an estimated $2.8 million in Measure R funding to design 21 segments of sound wall, according to a city official.
And $250,000 in federal funds earmarked for the project by Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) will cover the design costs for two more segments.
The agreement, expected to be finalized in September, is a coup for officials and residents who have spent years fighting to reduce noise pollution caused by traffic on the 210 Freeway.
"We will have those completed designs within three years," said Ann Wilson, senior management analyst with the city. "That is a huge step for the city and moves us much closer to the construction of the entire project."
Nevertheless, construction of the sound walls remains in the distant future, pending tens of millions of dollars in additional funding.