Concerns grow over intersection near Mission Bay

Posted at 6:00 AM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 09:00:25-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The City of San Diego is about to invest tens of millions of dollars into improving Mission Bay to help bring more people to the area. 

But those who live near the park say that could make a dangerous situation nearby even worse. 

Josephine Bennett lives in Bay Park, and walks to Mission Bay three times a week. To do that, she crosses the Clairemont Drive bridge and the off ramp from 5 North. She wears a bright pink outfit, because she says drivers are too often blowing through the red light, ignoring the pedestrian signs and the no-turn-on-red restriction.

"The cars are speeding, and I'm like waiving my arms, stop! stop!" she said. 

Bennett says the situation is getting more dangerous with the city's investment, because she believes more people from her area will be walking to Mission Bay.

The City Council voted earlier this month to spend $22 million over the next year to start improving the park's infrastructure, lighting, playgrounds, bathrooms, and fitness equipment, to name a few. It's part of a 10 year plan to revitalize Mission Bay. 

Bennett's not asking for more signs at the intersection. However, she pointed out that large trees just east of the off-ramp are making it difficult to see the cars approaching. Trimming those could help her see cars coming, and in turn help drivers see her. 

A spokeswoman for Caltrans says the agency is going to have crews inspect the trees, but didn't' say when. She also said that Caltrans has alerted the California Highway Patrol of people making illegal right turns at the red light.