Project near City Height school worries parents

Posted at 5:32 PM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 20:32:54-04

Some City Heights parents are fed up with construction that is making it dangerous for kids walking to and from a neighborhood school.

The city of San Diego has a Capital Improvements Program (CIP) project underway at Fairmount Avenue and Olive Street, and part of the project was supposed to replace the sidewalks in front of Hamilton Elementary School.

A design problem was encountered, making the project take longer. Now, the sidewalks are still torn up even though students have started school.

"It's a big inconvenience for me," parent Tanisha Shelley said.

Even though there is a temporary crosswalk, parents and teachers are worried it's dangerous. 10News recorded some people running across the street through traffic to get to the school.

"And I fear sometimes that I hope we don't get hit, or one of my kids run out too fast trying to get on the divider right here to stand just to get across the street," Shelley said.

The city says it will take a couple of months to complete the construction.

"It's like we're taking a chance and a risk crossing," Shelley said. "Like, pretty much jaywalking across the street into traffic, and hoping they'll either slow down or stop for us to get across."

The city has had a couple of meetings with school staff and parents to let them know about the project and address their concerns about the construction taking place.