Metro has informed Neighborhood Council Valley Village that a contractor will be chosen in June to begin construction of the sound wall along the 170 freeway from Sherman Way to the 134 interchange.

While there’ve been many unkept promises to date, we believe we can be more optimistic this time around as Metro has actually provided us with an update in writing:

“The bid process for the project is complete, and the bids are currently under evaluation. The timeframe for evaluation is approximately 45 days. When the contract award is announced, there is a 15-day period to contest the award. When that period closes, the award is confirmed and a notice to proceed (NTP) is granted to the contractor. We anticipate the NTP by mid-July.

Construction can begin approximately a month or so thereafter, depending on the schedule and when the contractor mobilizes. At this time, it’s still undetermined the location where the work will begin. The work start point will be determined when the contractor submits the schedule after they receive the NTP. Our best estimate on when shovels go in the ground for construction to begin in late August.” (Wilbur Babbs Jr., Community Relations Manager, Metro)

NCVV will invite representatives of the selected contractor to brief our Board on the scope and plans for the work. When we have a date for the actual “shovel in the ground,” your Board plans to host an onsite celebration and invite the community and numerous officials who’ve been part of the multi-decade effort to bring soundwalls to Valley Village.

Your Board continues to advocate strongly for construction to begin at the south end of the project in Valley Village. We could use your help! Call Councilman Paul Krekorian, State Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian and Mayor Eric Garcetti and ask them to support our request – all serve on the Metro Board and can influence this important request.

The sound wall has been a priority for our board since day one, and we, along with many of you, have been diligent in contacting our elected representatives to make sure it gets built. We’re almost there! Let’s push hard and continue these efforts to get the job done! Find Contact information.