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City Heights streets to measure up

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Putting in new sidewalks and street lights in the Colina del Sol neighborhood in City Heights again became a priority this month. Old work projects the city's former redevelopment agency approved in November 2011 were put on the clock for construction in November 2014 to December 2015.

The sidewalks walkers use, and the street lights that keep them, and passing drivers, safe, do not meet citywide standards for safety. After project design and engineering work gets done, construction workers will put in the new sidewalks in the Colina Park neighborhood that starts at 54th Street and Meade Avenue. The neighborhood blocks between 54th Street and Euclid Avenue, in the mid-city groove between El Cajon BOulevard and University Avenue, have a high percentage of low and moderate income residents, and disabled residents, that rely on walking to travel.

The new sidewalks will make the neighborhood more walkable.

Lighting on the dark streets will come from 158 new street lights workers put in. Pedestrian safety in Colina del Sol has been neglected since the former redevelopment agency ended its work in San Diego.

The City Heights Project Advisory Committee recently recommended the city invest in the City Heights neighborhood.

Civic San Diego, the agency that started up work following the redevelopment agency's dissolution, will use funds the former agency had scheduled for investment in capital improvement projects on the City Heights streets to pay for the design and engineering work. City councilmembers, this week, gave Civic San Diego the official go ahead on spending the money.

The city council, at a later date, will vote on using redevelopment bond proceeds needed to pay for the construction work. Progress fixing the blighted paths on the City Heights streets has been long overdue.

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