City says warning to stay off La Jolla-area bridge being ignored, urges public to stay off on July 4

Posted at 5:39 AM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 10:18:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The city is imploring the public not to cross a La Jolla Cove area bridge, especially on July 4th, when thousands come to watch the fireworks.

The bridge is east of La Jolla Cove on Coast Walk, connecting the area to a neighborhood north of Torrey Pines Road.

It's been closed since February when the city discovered a crack in the eroding cliff after a rainstorm. City officials put up signs that read "Danger, Cliff erosion. Bridge Closed," but people are ignoring. 10News saw dozens crossing the bridge, some saying they didn't see them and others brushing them off.

"It wasn't rickety at all," said Maggie Lushina, who stopped on the bridge to take a picture. "It doesn't feel unstable, so I'm not sure why it's closed."

But others, like Morgan Rabe, turned back.

"I'd be very hesitant to go on the bridge," she said. "I would just stay away from it; it's honestly kind of scary."

10News shared the information with the city, and spokesman Anthony Santacroce said he is alerting police, fire and lifeguards to the situation. He is also imploring the public to stay off the bridge, adding that it's imperative a crowd does not gather on the bridge to watch the Fourth of July fireworks.

Santacroce said the city is still coming up with short- and long-term solutions to the bridge, but that there's no timetable.