SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The city of San Diego announced Tuesday the completion of upgrades to 15 of the city's most accident-prone intersections.
The improvements are part of the city's Vision Zero program, with a goal of eliminating fatal traffic accidents altogether by 2025 via infrastructure upgrades and traffic safety education. Circulate San Diego released a list last April of the city's 15 most dangerous intersections.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Circulate San Diego Executive Director Colin Parent held a news conference at the last intersection to be fixed, 33rd Street and El Cajon Boulevard, to discuss the improvements, which include higher-visibility crosswalk designation and audible pedestrian signals and countdown timers.
``This is all about making it safer for everyone -- drivers, pedestrians and cyclists -- as they navigate city streets,'' Faulconer said.``Making crosswalks more visible and adding audible walk signals are just a few of the simple yet effective ways we can make our neighborhoods safer.''
Other intersections that underwent improvements include:
- 10th Avenue and A Street
- Fourth Avenue and B Street
- Fifth Avenue and B Street
- Euclid Avenue and Naranja Street
- Fourth Avenue and University Avenue
- Fourth Avenue and Market Street
- Ash Street and Front Street
- Coronado Avenue and Thermal Avenue
- 33rd Street and El Cajon Boulevard
- 52nd Street and University Avenue
- 36th Street and El Cajon Boulevard
- Sixth Avenue and Market Street
- Fifth Avenue and Broadway
- Sixth Avenue and Broadway
- 11th Avenue and Broadway
Faulconer announced plans to fix more than 300 more accident-prone intersections during his ``State of the City'' address last month. According to Faulconer's office, Caltrans has awarded the city roughly $2.45 million for the improvements, which will start next year. City officials expect improvements to the first 50 intersections to be completed by the end of 2020.