As part of last year’s budget process, staff in the City’s Transportation and Stormwater Department committed to evaluating the corridor with the highest concentration of crashes and designing engineering improvements.
Since then, City staff determined the ½ mile section of University Avenue - between Fairmount and Euclid Avenues - to be the most problematic with the highest number of crashes. City traffic engineers, in partnership with the offices of Mayor Faulconer and Councilwoman Marti Emerald, responded by organizing the University Avenue Working Group with the mission to “Improve safety for all modes as part of Vision Zero.” Circulate San Diego has been pleased to participate in this group.
University Avenue between Fairmount and Euclid has one of the highest densities of pedestrian crashes in the City of San Diego. As part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero effort, the City has initiated a complete street project to improve the safety of all modes of travel. The project working group has identified three long-term layout solutions.
These options include roundabouts at Highland, Chamoune, and Menlo, new bike lanes, and an option for wider sidewalks. All of the improvements will provide greater safety on University Avenue. Roundabouts are included in all options as they provide the safest intersection option for all modes, and they are also good for business. They slow vehicle speeds and keep cars moving to reduce congestion. City staff will work very closely with businesses near the roundabout intersections to accommodate any parking or driveway changes as the roundabouts are being designed.
For more information contact city traffic engineer Phil Rust at 619-533-3714 or PRust@sandiego.gov.