Another federal grant the city asked for to pay for engineering work on the Mission Bay bridge widening project can prove timely. The project funded in 2000 will move straight forward.
A long way into the engineering design work, the city council decided this week to ask Caltrans for the 137, 295 dollar federal grant. The engineering consultant's guarantee on the 6 lane bridge design is needed before work on the project can be finished.
Two paralell structures with 3 lanes once fully designed an built will give drivers, bicyclists, and walkers a way over the San Diego River on West Mission Bay Dive with more leeway. On the bridge, beach community drivers come in close distanes with locals and bicyclists traveling through the road that has narrow shoulders. Narrow sidewalk crossings force the wakers and bicyclists on the sidewalk to fall in lines not open enough for people to make a move and change course.
The unfinished widening project has been on hand for over a decade. Councilman Kevin Faulconer's promise to make travel by the sea easier was not, during the recession years, put out to bid to the contractors lined up to do work. The council did not have enough money to pay.
Widening the four lane crossing built over the rock shores on the river's banks takes contributions from a full set of carefully selected contractors. The last addition to contractor funding was last year. No funding increases had been made since before the recession.
This latest contract addition counts as one more positive step for the locals who travel between Mission Beach and Pacific Beach and the Loma Portal and Point Loma area.
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