The La Canada Flintridge City Council proposed Tuesday to bury unsightly utility lines that currently cover a commercial stretch of Foothill Boulevard. It set a public hearing for Oct. 6.
If approved by the council, the bulk of the project would be funded by $1.2 million supplied by the Southern California Edison Co. In compliance with a 1968 ruling by the state Public Utilities Commission, Edison sets aside annual allotments for cities that wish to convert overhead utilities to underground.
The move is part of a long-range plan to improve Foothill Boulevard and revitalize the city's commercial district.
Work probably would not begin until 1988 because Edison requires an 18-month lead time, said Eileen M. Tschernenko, area manager for the company.
About 22 businesses in the affected area would remain open during construction and the project would tie up at least one lane of the city's main thoroughfare between Commonwealth Avenue and Hampton Road for about two months, Tschernenko said.