The work needed to make walking and biking across Camino del Este to cross the San Diego River depends on grant funds the city council decided to ask from the federal government. Transnet funds set aside for bike facilities will add to the total funding if the federal funds are approved to give the city and Caltrans enough money to pay for the improvements that will make the crossing more pedestrian friendly.
San Diego can renovate the familiar bridge using the money from Federal Highway Demonstration Project funds the federal government has kept in store since passage of the SAFETEA-LU Act.
Beacons set up on the crossing will help pedestrians in Mission Valley find their way from Camino del Rio North to Camino de la Reina and north to Friars Road. New signs will guarantee nothing slows down progress.
Not only will workers make the path more convenient, they will put in curb ramps and raised medians to make crossing the river safer.
The Camino del Este bridge is the only river crossing in sight in the river scene between the Mission Valley motor ways that run through shop streets and residential streets and the I-8. Drivers crossings with sidewalks are found on the west at Mission Center Road and on the east at Texas Street.
If the city wins the award, it will add the money to the Capital Improvement Projects budget for fiscal year 2013.
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