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San Ysidro Community Celebrates Completion of Major Road Reconstruction that Creates Safe Walkway for Children

Mayor Faulconer Prioritized Funding for Project that Replaced Dangerous Dirt Path Used by Schoolchildren with New Sidewalks, Bike Lanes and Other Safety Features

Monday, May 13, 2019 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – As part of his commitment to building a better future for all San Diego neighborhoods, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by City Councilmember Vivian Moreno, students and neighborhood residents to celebrate the completion of a major reconstruction of Old Otay Mesa Road that replaced a half-mile dirt path used by schoolchildren with sidewalks, bicycle lanes, lighting and other safety features.

“As we make record neighborhood investments across the city, you would be hard-pressed to identify a project that means more to a community than this one does to San Ysidro,” Mayor Faulconer said. “The reconstruction of Old Otay Mesa Road has been a long time coming, and parents will now have peace of mind that their children have a safe path as they walk to and from school. We implemented infrastructure reforms to get projects like this done faster and we’re seeing the results in neighborhoods across the city.”

The dangerous conditions along the roadway have been a community concern for decades as many schoolchildren walk along Old Otay Mesa Road as they go to and from San Ysidro schools. It’s often cited as a prime example of past City leaders neglecting to make neighborhood infrastructure a priority – with a trail of broken promises to fix the road going back to 2002.

That changed in 2015 when Mayor Faulconer implemented reforms to the City’s infrastructure program to speed up projects and identify excess cash that could be redistributed to other shovel-ready and priority projects in need of funding. The Old Otay Mesa Road reconstruction was one of more than 60 neighborhood projects that got full funding shortly after the reforms went into effect.

“A sidewalk in this location is vital to the students that use this route to go to and from school,” Councilmember Moreno said. “The community has been advocating for this road completion for many years and we are very pleased to finally have a safe pathway for students. Students walking to school will no longer have to decide between a dirt path along a steep canyon or risk the possibility of being struck by a vehicle by walking on the street. “

The project widened and realigned the roadway, added bike lanes and retaining walls, and installed a sidewalk, guardrails, signage and lighting. The $16 million project took more than three years to complete because of the difficult terrain. Highlights include:

  • 90,000 cubic yards, or 6,000 truckloads, of dirt moved to and from the project site
  • 40,000 square feet of retaining walls
  • 32,000 square feet of sidewalk
  • 6,000 drought-tolerate plants installed
  • 1,000 feet of storm drain piping installed
  • 2,500 feet of waterline installed

In 2015, Mayor Faulconer announced reforms to PDF icon overhaul the City’s infrastructure program and then significantly increased funding each year from $179 million in Fiscal Year 2014 to a record $716 million in the Fiscal Year 2020 Proposed Budget.

The Old Otay Mesa Road reconstruction is just one of hundreds of neighborhood improvements that have resulted from the more than $2 billion invested in capital projects citywide during Faulconer’s tenure – the largest investment for any five-year period in City history.

CONTACT: Christina Chadwick at 619-865-3622 or [email protected]

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