Rancho Bernardo residents fed up over repeated road improvement delays

Posted at 6:21 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 21:21:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Residents of several inland North County communities tell 10News they are fed up with the numerous delays which have led to a series of road improvement projects to take more than two years to complete.

The most impactful is the widening of Rancho Bernardo Road between I-15 and Bernardo Center Drive.

Work on that stretch began in February of 2017 and was projected to take six to seven months. It's almost a year past that point. Residents say rush hour traffic in the area is traffic, and say that the narrower lanes caused by the road work are a safety hazard.

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One woman said she almost hit a person, another said she witnessed an accident, and a man says his car clipped temporary fencing along the project twice.

The project is being managed by a private developer who agreed to do the road work as part of the approval for their new housing project five miles away in Black Mountain Ranch.

10News confirmed with the City of San Diego and the office of Councilmember Mark Kersey that the developer has missed multiple deadlines. There was also a major error involving the steel pylons for a wall along the Mercado shopping center which were placed off course.

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Kersey sent 10News a statement:

"“The private developer performing the Rancho Bernardo Road widening project has missed one deadline after another, and I share the community’s frustration with these delays. I am working with the Mayor’s office on permit language that will strengthen the City's ability to hold contractors accountable to their schedule on future private projects in the public right-of-way.”

A new permit was required to get the error corrected.

A sign currently placed along Rancho Bernardo Road shows an expected completion date of June 2018.