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Sunland-Tujunga : City Approves Deal to Upgrade Foothill

The City Council this week approved a proposed deal under which the state would turn over Foothill Boulevard in Sunland-Tujunga to the city and do nearly $7 million worth of improvements to the street.

Tuesday’s action lays the groundwork for state approval of the agreement, which would give Foothill from Wheatland to Lowell avenues to the city. Proposed improvements include new pavement, striping, street signs and lighting.

Before the opening of the Foothill Freeway, Foothill Boulevard was designated a state highway.

City Councilman Joel Wachs, who represents the area, championed the transfer of Foothill to the city in exchange for the state’s promise to fund the improvements.

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After years of negotiations, Caltrans agreed to the substantial funding required for a comprehensive upgrading of the boulevard.

Wachs called local approval of the proposal a big step forward for the residents, businesses and commuters of the Valley.

“Foothill Boulevard is a significant artery serving the area,” he said. The improvements “will improve the local quality of life.”

Wachs praised state Assemblyman Bill Hoge (R-Pasadena) for his efforts to get Caltrans officials to agree to the project.

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