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A preliminary artist rendering for a gateway sign to the Barrio Logan neighborhood proposed last August was recently made public.

The sign, set to span Cesar E. Chavez Parkway between Main Street and Newton Avenue, was designed by local architect Vicki Estrada with input from the Port of San Diego, SANDAG, Caltrans, and the city.

According to a release from the Port, city councilman David Alvarez attended a March 5 Board of Port Commissioners meeting and expressed his approval of the proposed design. The project still must go through the city permitting process, the next step in development.

The sign is to be funded through Trade Corridor Improvement Funds approved by California voters via 2006’s Prop 1B. According to Caltrans:

The Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006, approved by the voters as Proposition 1B on November 7, 2006, includes a program of funding from $4.5 billion to be deposited in the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA). The funds in the CMIA are to be available to the California Transportation Commission, upon appropriation in the annual Budget Bill by the Legislature, for allocation for performance improvements on the state highway system or major access routes to the state highway system. The CMIA presents a unique opportunity for the State ’s transportation community to provide demonstratable congestion relief, enhanced mobility, improved safety, and stronger connectivity to benefit traveling Californians.

An estimated completion date for the project has yet to be determined.

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Visduh March 8, 2013 @ 8:42 p.m.

So, what does this sign have to do with Prop 1B? The voters approved that bond issue to improve transportation. A sign up over CC Parkway is a local thing, and when those have been put up in various spots around the city and county in recent years, they were paid for by local interests. Hey, the idea is nice, but does a sign like that improve transportation? Or is it just local boosterism? It all comes across as a misuse of borrowed funds, as politically correct as it may be.


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