San Diego made new traffic light a priority ... 8 years ago

Posted at 6:09 PM, Dec 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-29 21:09:41-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Mark Powell kept watching cars speed down the main road less than half a mile from where he is raising two daughters - so he asked the city of San Diego to add a traffic light.

He was elated when he got a letter from the city saying it studied the intersection of Governor Drive at Lakewood Street in University City and said it would put it on the priority list for a new traffic light.

That was in 2010.

Fast forward to the end of 2017, and there is still no light, crosswalk, or stop sign leading from Governor Drive into his neighborhood. And it's the only way in or out.

"If you have a priority list, and you're on it for eight years, I don't think you're really a priority," Powell said. 

The city's April 6, 2010, letter, from Senior Traffic Engineer Gary Pence, says funding for new traffic lights is limited, and that it can take more than a year to acquire the money.

But Powell said eight years is another thing entirely.

He contacted the city when his oldest daughter, Arielle, was 7. She's now 15 and closing in on a drivers license, facing the same problem as every other driver in the area.

The only difference, Powell says, is that University City has grown tremendously since then.

"We've got the expansion of the UTC mall, we've got buildings and biotech companies coming in with new jobs, which is all good," he said. 

Powell says he always gets the same answer from the city - there's no money available.

10News reached out to the city and councilwoman Barbara Bry's office. Both said that key people are out for the holidays, and would not be able to give an update until after the New Year.