Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – As part of the City’s “Vision Zero” goal of eliminating traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries by 2025, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced the completion of safety improvements at 15 of San Diego’s most crash-prone intersections and new grant funding to bring those same upgrades to hundreds more intersections throughout the city.
Standing at the intersection of 33rd Street and El Cajon Boulevard, Mayor Faulconer was joined by Circulate San Diego Executive Director Colin Parent and City staff to showcase the new safety enhancements.
“This is all about making it safer for everyone – drivers, pedestrians and cyclists – as they navigate city streets,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Making crosswalks more visible and adding audible walk signals are just a few of the simple yet effective ways we can make our neighborhoods safer. I look forward to installing these same safety improvements at hundreds more intersections over the next few years as we rebuild San Diego’s transportation network for the future.”
Circulate assisted the city in identifying which intersections were in most need of upgrades based on crash and injury data, giving them the moniker of the “Fatal 15.” Each of those intersections received three significant enhancements:
- High-visibility crosswalks
- Audible pedestrian signals
- Pedestrian countdown timers
Other improvements at these and other intersections include better signage, additional streetlights and improved pedestrian ramps.
The 15 intersections completed include:
- Tenth Avenue & A Street
- Fourth Avenue & B Street
- Fifth Avenue & B Street
- Euclid Avenue & Naranja Street
- Fourth Avenue & University Avenue
- Fourth Avenue & Market Street
- Ash Street & Front Street
- Coronado Avenue & Thermal Avenue
- 33rd Street & El Cajon Boulevard
- 52nd Street & University Avenue
- 36th Street & El Cajon Boulevard
- Sixth Avenue & Market Street
- Fifth Avenue & Broadway
- Sixth Avenue & Broadway
- Eleventh Avenue & Broadway
Mayor Faulconer also announced Caltrans has awarded the City $2.45 million in federal grant funding from the Highway Safety Improvement Program to improve the safety of hundreds more intersections throughout the city. Work will begin on those intersections in 2020, with the first 50 intersections expected to be complete by the end of that year.
The Vision Zero program includes engineering, education and enforcement – collectively referred to as the three "E's." The City’s efforts are intended to raise awareness about traffic safety, change dangerous behaviors through enforcement efforts, and make safety improvements where fatalities and severe injuries have been shown to occur.
CONTACT: Greg Block at (619) 227-3752 or [email protected]