4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Imperial Beach City Council nixes stoplight plan

Using surplus SANDAG funds “not quite right”

An effort to install a traffic light that would help cyclists on the Bayside Bike Trail — one supported and funded by the San Diego Association of Governments — failed to get off the ground with the Imperial Beach City Council on Wednesday, March 6.

While councilmembers expressed a willingness to spend SANDAG money on other improvements, none would make the motion needed to bring the stoplight installation at 7th Street and Palm Avenue to a vote.

"I foresee this [stoplight] creating a traffic backlog on Palm," said councilwoman Lorie Bragg. "There's not enough bang for the buck here."

Sponsored
Sponsored

The stoplight would have helped bicyclists lured into IB from the Bayside Bike Trail get across the dicey intersection of 7th and Palm and head west to Seacoast Drive, where they turn south.

Palm Avenue will be narrowed to two lanes from four, between 3rd and 7th, with bike lanes added. The Eco Bike Trail is designed as a spur off the Bayside trail; original plans — intended to draw on the trend of eco-tourism spending — date back years.

The bike-lane painting project, funded with a $1.5 million grant from SANDAG, came in under budget by about $500,000 and council members considered enhancements, including the stoplight, to eat up some of the money. The stoplight, an option in the original plan, could be added for about $120,000, according to staff reports.

Mayor Jim Janney, who reminded members that he also sits on SANDAG's board, discouraged councilmembers from dreaming up ways to spend the excess rather than give it back.

"It's kind of like we're stretching our limits here — I don't think we should be pushing the limits when it's detrimental to others in the [SANDAG] community," Janney said. "We got the largest chunk of grant money of any city in the county, and we're in the queue for the next round of funding — it's not quite right to do that."

Though there was some initial support for the stoplight, after about 20 minutes of discussion, all support had faded. When Janney called for the motion to vote on the stoplight, no one made one.

Councilman Brian Bilbray (the former congressman’s son) pointed out that the intersection is part of the tsunami evacuation route and a malfunction could make an evacuation even more difficult.

"I'm always against new stop signs and stoplights," Bilbray noted.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Fortunate Son: “Working class American-Chinese food”

I pause to think about how much of a staple these things have been in my life.
Next Article

Nirwana Indian Gastrobar showcases tacos, sliders, and pizza

Mira Mesa gastropub consolidates around chicken curries, vegetarian options, and fusion

An effort to install a traffic light that would help cyclists on the Bayside Bike Trail — one supported and funded by the San Diego Association of Governments — failed to get off the ground with the Imperial Beach City Council on Wednesday, March 6.

While councilmembers expressed a willingness to spend SANDAG money on other improvements, none would make the motion needed to bring the stoplight installation at 7th Street and Palm Avenue to a vote.

"I foresee this [stoplight] creating a traffic backlog on Palm," said councilwoman Lorie Bragg. "There's not enough bang for the buck here."

Sponsored
Sponsored

The stoplight would have helped bicyclists lured into IB from the Bayside Bike Trail get across the dicey intersection of 7th and Palm and head west to Seacoast Drive, where they turn south.

Palm Avenue will be narrowed to two lanes from four, between 3rd and 7th, with bike lanes added. The Eco Bike Trail is designed as a spur off the Bayside trail; original plans — intended to draw on the trend of eco-tourism spending — date back years.

The bike-lane painting project, funded with a $1.5 million grant from SANDAG, came in under budget by about $500,000 and council members considered enhancements, including the stoplight, to eat up some of the money. The stoplight, an option in the original plan, could be added for about $120,000, according to staff reports.

Mayor Jim Janney, who reminded members that he also sits on SANDAG's board, discouraged councilmembers from dreaming up ways to spend the excess rather than give it back.

"It's kind of like we're stretching our limits here — I don't think we should be pushing the limits when it's detrimental to others in the [SANDAG] community," Janney said. "We got the largest chunk of grant money of any city in the county, and we're in the queue for the next round of funding — it's not quite right to do that."

Though there was some initial support for the stoplight, after about 20 minutes of discussion, all support had faded. When Janney called for the motion to vote on the stoplight, no one made one.

Councilman Brian Bilbray (the former congressman’s son) pointed out that the intersection is part of the tsunami evacuation route and a malfunction could make an evacuation even more difficult.

"I'm always against new stop signs and stoplights," Bilbray noted.

Comments
Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

African Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Don't Sleep on Samuel Coleridge-Tayor
Next Article

Some Kind of Nightmare tours while Social Spit stays home

The difference between young and old punk rockers
Comments
Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close