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Concert traffic a concern in Chula Vista

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 20:24:03-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Residents living near the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista are saying they are frustrated with the traffic in their area. On concert nights, neighbors say a drive that would normally take a few minutes, takes up to three hours. 

“Imagine this place just packed with cars in all directions,” Caroline Serrano said. 

Serrano lives a mile away from the venue but says traffic is unbearable and life around the amphitheater has become dangerous. 

 “People are walking down on this street which is not lit; there’s not pedestrian walk,” Serrano said. 

Her neighbors are also expressing frustration with the way the area is set up. 

One man said, “We are being held hostage over here.” Another person said, “When is the city going to actually do something. Is it going to take someone dying? You know and houses being burned down cause you can’t get fire trucks here?” 

These residents say they have reached out to some local agencies, the City of San Diego and Chula Vista, and local police departments to figure out a solution but they say nothing has come of it. 

One major problem they are running into is the city they live in. Even though they live a mile away from the venue, the residents technically live in San Diego. They say this detail has made it impossible to get answers. 

“It seems like everyone is looking after the commercial interest of the amphitheater without any consideration at all for the residents in this community,” said George Serrano.