Joseph McElhany, of KANE GeoTech, of Stockton,

Joseph McElhany, of KANE GeoTech, of Stockton, ascends and descends a rock hillside in La Canada inspecting two layers of wire mesh installed to keep boulders and rocks in place along Foothill Blvd. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer / June 13, 2014)

Three years after a boulder fell from a hillside along Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge, work is nearing completion on a $165,000 installation of wire mesh to prevent a similar occurrence.

“We’re trying to do it and maintain some aesthetic appeal in that area,” Edward Hitti, director of the Public Works Dept., explained at a meeting of the City Council.

Hitti noted the netting is less expensive and more attractive than erecting a higher wall.

The first rock fall incident took place on March 20, 2011 on property belonging to Caltrans. It was decided earlier this year that a netting made of tension wires would be installed on the slope, located near Briggs Avenue, west of Ocean View Boulevard. The project got underway May 5; workers with KANE GeoTech, the firm hired for the job, scaled the hillside Wednesday to inspect the installation.

The city may decide at a later date to add ground cover on the slope to soften the appearance of the wire mesh, if natural vegetation doesn’t regenerate there.

“We’re going to kind of take a wait and see attitude,” Hitti said.

 

-- Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com


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