Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Residents Oppose Road Linking Mission Valley to Serra Mesa
The Mission Valley corridor has been said to one of San Diego's burgeoning communities. A January 31 UT-San Diego article touted the valley's bustling shopping malls and retail stores, mixed-use communities, and proximity to the trolley.
The valley, also home to the UT-San Diego, will soon be the site of the massive master-planned community, Civita, a 230-acre mixed-use development project north of Interstate 8, between State Route 163 and Interstate 805.
And while the new development will cement Mission Valley's spot on the list of flourishing areas in San Diego, many Serra Mesa residents are trying to prevent the construction of Franklin Ridge Road, a four-lane street linking the two communities.
The proposed road extends from Phyllis Place in Serra Mesa to Civita's northern boundary and will provide access to Interstate 805. But the road will also bring something else to Serra Mesa: traffic. Due to the increased congestion, the Serra Mesa Planning Group voted against the road connection. In fact, the Franklin Ridge Road has long been a dividing line for Serra Mesa residents.
On February 7, many of those residents will have a chance to voice their grievances at a City meeting, the first step in amending the community plan to make way for the road.
James Feinberg, vice-chair of the Serra Mesa Planning Group, supports the development but opposes the road. He says the extension will actually bring more traffic to both communities as well as to Interstate 805 and believes making traffic improvements to Mission Valley makes more sense.
"Based on the traffic studies, it's not beneficial for Serra Mesa residents or for people living in Civita. It's going to be an extra 25,000 [average daily trips]. It will essentially double the wait times getting on Interstate-805 and increase congestion.
The residents in Civita will have a much harder time on the feeder roads and getting out of the community and the people living in Serra Mesa will have a much harder time getting through their community and getting on the freeway."
Feinberg and others plan to attend the scoping meeting, which will be held at Serra Mesa Branch Library at 6pm on February 7.
Overhead view of Quarry Falls from City's staff report
Image of Civita from http://www.sudprop.com/
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