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Faulconer lines up infrastructure spending

Adam Benjamin
Adam BenjaminRevenue growth money dedicated to infrastructure projects.

There will be no hold up on spending on streets and sidewalks work during the upcoming budget year. Yesterday, at a 25th Street improvement project groundbreaking, in Golden Hill, Mayor Kevin Faulconer made clear spending on infrastructure in San Diego will not have a lower budget priority during his term in office.

The 1.7 million dollar 25th Street Renaissance Project leads an infrastructure projects line up in the budget the Mayor releases next week. A line up that covers San Diego communities. "This money is going toward street and sidewalk repairs, parks improvements, streetlights, fire stations and the maintenance of storm drains and facilities in every corner of the City," Faulconer said. "I'm making good on my promise to put infrastructure among the top priorities in our City budget right now and for years to come."

At least fifty percent of San Diego's major fund revenue growth will get spent on infrastructure and repairs. Currently, over twenty million dollars.

The Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation has been waiting to start the 25th Street project for over a decade. Workers will restripe the southern entryway to the Balboa Park area. To make the path safer for walkers, the restaurant and shop bloks will have wider sidewalks, and, new angled on-street parking.

Class II bike lanes make bicyclist's plans to join the street crowds safer.

Representatives from the community development corporation were joined at the groundbreaking by Councilman Todd GLoria and the head of the city cuncil's infrastructure committee. Gloria welcomed the decision to keep infrastructure spending a top priority. "Thisproject brings active transportation improvements to the neighborhood and will allow for safer biking and walking along a key corridor," Gloria said.

Faulconer's budget infrastructure spending will fund ongoing maintenance and repair work. The money will also pay for work assessing the street improvement needs and needs at parks and public facilities.

The infrastructure committee head supported the decision to settle on a long term infrastructure plan. Kersey said, "This big-picture approach will result in the City's first-ever multi-year infrastructure investment plan and help build our future."

THis is a Center Line Policy Alert.