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Park Boulevard project at a standstill called up by city council. Safety improvements to come.
Park Boulevard project at a standstill called up by city council. Safety improvements to come.Adam Benjamin

Plans to make a Park Boulevard crossing on a City College block safe have fallen short since the former redevelopment agency approved streetscape improvements in March of 2011. THe redevelopment agency dissolution held back the planned streetscape work.

Civic San Diego will take an opportunity to use a SANDAG Smart Growth grant to fund the streetscape work excess bond funds guarantee can now get done. Project design has been paid for.

City councilmembers, this week, approved safety imrpvoeemnts for a Park Boulevard crosswalk and a new traffic signal. New streetlights put in along the sidewalk will fix difficulties local residents and visitors have seeing.

Workers will move a bus stop from the Park Boulevard center median to the street side. Moves back into heavy southbound traffic will no longer be part of the route drive.

A widened median will calm the block traffic. Warning signs near the crosswalk will alert people coming in and out the college area of the risks.

Plans to move ahead on revitalizing the neighborhood open to crowds of traffic traveling through can make the grade on safety after the streetscape improvements are made. College students who regularly go to City College can, after the streetscape work is done, walk safely from the campus buildings to athletic facilities on Park Boulevard.

The new edge at the median on the narrowed road will not have the old drainage. Project workers will build new drainage.

This is a Center Line Policy Alert.