Early-morning commuters heading to La Cañada High School were faced with traffic nightmares in recent weeks, but it appears they’ll have easier going now that a public works project is nearing completion.
Vehicles were backed up along Oak Grove Drive, Foothill Boulevard and Berkshire Avenue because half of Oak Grove Drive was blocked off to allow work on a Los Angeles County Sanitation District sewer-construction project. It got so bad that some students began ditching their cars and heading to class on foot to avoid being late to their finals during the week of Jan. 24-28. La Cañada High’s administration asked teachers to excuse tardiness because of the unforeseen delays, said Rico Bertie, a 17-year old junior at La Cañada High.
“It took about five minutes to get from the light (at Oak Grove Drive and Foothill Boulevard) into the school during finals week,” said Bertie, adding the commute was a “good 10 to 15 minutes longer than usual” for about a month while construction was going on.