San Ysidro to receive much-needed sidewalk on dangerous stretch for students

Sidewalk was promised 12 years ago

SAN DIEGO - It is a dangerous sidewalk used by hundreds of teenagers every day. For the last 12 years, the half-mile sidewalk has been made up of loose gravel and potholes while lining a two-lane road with sharp curves and a steep canyon on one side.

Every school day, hundreds of students walk that path to and from San Ysidro High School.

"It’s dangerous," said sophomore Angel Jackson.

Her friend Sania Hanley added, "I would like a ramp or something right here to block us off from the cars."

"It’s just a dangerous road overall so it's a big, big deal," said San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez. "What bothers me the most is that this should have been done a long time ago. It shouldn't have been something I had to fight for tooth-and-nail to get."

Alvarez said the city has promised the neighborhood a sidewalk ever since the school opened in 2002. It took him almost that long to secure the $11.5 million needed to construct a sidewalk.

"This also showed that we just don't have all the resources readily available," he added.

Unfortunately for students like Jackson and Hanley, construction will not begin until the spring of 2015.

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