The arrows should all be pointing to the left if approaching the turn from Bacon Street
  • The arrows should all be pointing to the left if approaching the turn from Bacon Street
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In July of 2017, the City of San Diego admittedly installed a dozen black-and-yellow traffic signs incorrectly on the corner of Bacon Street and Coronado Avenue in Ocean Beach.

The reflective directional arrows warn drivers of the dangerous corner, which curves above an approximate 60-foot dropoff. The city had placed the arrows facing opposite directions and stacked them on top of each other, so drivers coming from either direction were met with a head-scratcher.

City workers incorrectly installed the directional signs in late July 2017

City workers incorrectly installed the directional signs in late July 2017

Perhaps as a New Year’s prank, the morning of January 2 saw the return of confusing (and missing) signs.

Two of the sign posts are bare; the remaining four posts have arrows that have been adjusted to face each other and are missing screws and flapping around because the brackets are loose. And the left-turn sign on Bacon Street as you approach Coronado is twisted so it’s now facing a building.

A representative from San Diego’s Street Division on January 2nd referred me to their supervisor, but not before telling me that, “A field technician will check it out probably tomorrow [January 3rd]. It’s not a high-priority fix.”

After a second call to San Diego’s Street Division on January 3rd, I was again told it’s “not a priority.”

According to the City’s Get It Done website, there are three reports “in process” to correct the arrows.

Corner of Bacon and Coronado

Corner of Bacon and Coronado

“I will have my guy come out tomorrow [January 4th] and tighten them up,“ Danny Finnerson, a Public Works supervisor told me after I explained the nuts and loose bolts to him.

In response to another question I had, Finnerson said, “If we were to paint arrows [on the road], that would have to go through the traffic engineering department. They would go out there, consider the complaints, and make a decision. If they make a decision to do this, they will forward it to us.”

The Reader reported the fatal crash that occurred on the corner in January 2015. Kyle Witkowski was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Bacon Street when he missed the abrupt turn, sending him and his passenger crashing through the fence, onto the rocks below. Witkowski, 28, reportedly died instantly and his female passenger was airlifted to the hospital, according to the OB Rag.

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AlexClarke Jan. 4, 2018 @ 8:48 a.m.

The City of San Diego suffers from what all cities suffer from and that is a lack of common sense.


Visduh Jan. 4, 2018 @ 2:47 p.m.

Is anything ever a "high priority" at SD city hall? The go-slow-or-do-nothing city bureaucracy hasn't changed in a very long time. At least you were able to get through to someone and discuss it. In the old days, they just didn't answer the phone; if by accident you did connect with a person, he/she would tell you that it wasn't their area, and tell you to call a a different department. I do find it amusing that he was at least honest about not really caring about it. Most of those city types would lie to you and say they would get right on it, when they had no intention of doing anything.


MURPHYJUNK Jan. 5, 2018 @ 7:29 a.m.

seems like a lot of written complaints are kept on file until the trash is taken out.


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