Frustrations mount over delay in bridge restoration

Posted at 5:51 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 09:07:10-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The city is running behind on a project to restore an iconic bridge that borders Hillcrest and North Park.

Now, people in the area are growing frustrated at the construction on the Georgia St. bridge that's causing traffic delays and drivers to use surrounding neighborhoods as shortcuts.

"Traffic is very very bad because of te bridge, and I have to go around to buy stuff for my shop, and it's taking me longer to get where I want to go," said Milan Misic, who lives in the area and owns the Balboa Perk coffee and antique shop. 

The city is restoring the 103-year-old bridge so it can withstand an earthquake. The city broke ground on the $14 million project in July 2016, saying it would take a year. But now it won't be finished until next spring.

A city spokesman says the delays are because of weather, and unanticipated cobbles and deposits crews discovered in the bridge walls, making drilling more difficult.

He added that there is no threat to public safety and it will not raise the cost.

You can track the project on the city's website.