Mountain Avenue is now home to a Wal-Mart store, a Home Depot and a La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries store that opened last month. The intersection is just a quarter-mile from the City of Hope and its new Helford Hospital, and Mountain Avenue crosses the right-of-way that will be used by the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension through Duarte. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DUARTE – Duarte officials will join U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis on Thursday to celebrate receiving $500,000 in federal transportation funds that will be used to begin a $2.6 million rebuilding of the Mountain Avenue/Duarte Road intersection. The $500,000 represents the largest federal appropriation ever awarded to Duarte and marks the city’s first effort to secure major federal funding. City officials and Solis will gather at the intersection at 10a.m. for a special presentation. Solis, D-El Monte, worked on behalf of Duarte’s request, which was approved as part of a Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Under Development and Judiciary Appropriations Act. “This appropriation is great news for our city and will help us address a long-standing need of residents and businesses to improve traffic flow by realigning this intersection,” said Duarte Councilman John Fasana. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We are especially grateful to Congresswoman Solis for her efforts on behalf of Duarte and its citizens,” he said. “We also thank Congressman David Dreier, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Barbara Boxer for their support of the funding for this project.” A 90-degree kink on Mountain at Duarte has been blamed for numerous traffic accidents over the years. The intersection was built before Duarte was incorporated in 1957. The intersection sprawls across three jurisdictions, which made fixing it difficult. The northeast and southwest corners are in Duarte, the southwest corner is county territory, while the northwest corner is in Monrovia. The money will be used to start the design and engineering work on the realignment project. City officials plan to request additional federal funds in the next funding cycle and to seek other funding sources to complete the project. City officials note business developments in recent years have significantly increased traffic in the area.