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Drivers ask city of San Diego what can be done about Mission Valley traffic headache

Posted at 12:22 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 21:08:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - If you've ever driven through San Diego's Mission Valley, you most likely hit traffic, especially around lunchtime, rush hour, or anytime during the weekend.

Drivers reached out to 10News about the issue, sending photos and videos of traffic backups that showed people stuck in the middle of clogged intersections, building their frustration and begging the question: Is there anything the city of San Diego can do?

At the corner of Camino De La Reina and Qualcomm Way, driver Tyler Golliet explained what dangers he sees each day.

He told 10News, "For pedestrians, for the drivers that get backed up way back there, and then people get aggressive because they're trying to get on the freeway, this way and it turns all into a mess."

The city sent this statement to 10News:

As San Diego residents may already be aware, Mission Valley is one of the busiest areas of the City. Directly adjacent to the major I-8 Freeway, it contains many hotels, retail, entertainment and dining options as well as multi-family housing in continuous development. Traffic congestion there is due to the amount of activity in the area and automobiles on the roads, especially at peak hours. The traffic signals along Camino De La Reina use a mixture of censors and data-driven timed lights to accommodate the current traffic frequency. The City also times and coordinates it’s signals with Caltrans’ signals to mitigate back ups than can occur with cars attempting to enter the I-8. As always, we advise drivers to use good judgement, awareness and be safety-minded while traveling through the area.
City of San Diego Spokesman Anthony Santacroce

City spokesman Anthony Santacroce said the stoplights are timed every day from 6:45 a.m.-9 p.m. He said another possibility as to why traffic could be so backed up on Friars Road near Fashion Valley Mall is damage to the light sensors under the asphalt during construction.

Commuters echoed that sentiment and said they wish there was more that could be done to alleviate the pain behind the wheel.