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Trucks getting stuck in La Jolla after road change

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Posted at 5:29 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 12:05:37-04

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) - A recent road change is leading to trucks getting stuck on the main road into La Jolla, creating hours-long traffic jams.

The issue is on Torrey Pines Road at Hillside Drive, a steep narrow road onto Mount Soledad.

City crews recently added a cross gutter to help with run-off, but trucks turning in and out of the neighborhood are bottoming out and sticking out into the main road.

"The front end of the truck goes up, the tail goes down, and it just gets stuck on the paving," said resident Diane Kane. "The truck's too long."

Kane says the issue has occurred twice in the last two weeks.

On Saturday, a truck got stuck around 12:30 p.m., creating a traffic headache for nearly three hours. San Diego Police say the first tow truck failed, and the second, stronger one didn't arrive until about 3 p.m.

"You're just scratching your head," said Kane, who lives in the neighborhood off Hillside Drive.

Kane says trucks are going into the area to either work at projects off the narrow roads, or are being redirected there through traffic time-saving navigation apps. Residents are now asking the city to alert those apps, and fix the asphalt.

The city's public works department says it is aware of the condition and plans to address it later this month.

City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, whose district includes La Jolla, says her staff has also asked the city to inquire with navigation apps to alert oversized truck drivers to use an alternate route.