Community Leader’s View: Let’s get Torrey Pines Road moving
By Sherri Lightner
Councilwoman, First District
Anyone who has driven along Torrey Pines Road into La Jolla knows its litany of problems: Sagging hillsides in need of reinforcement; narrow or missing sidewalks and bike lanes making it unsafe for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists; chain link fences that obstruct coastal views.
The solution to those problems is the Torrey Pines Corridor Project — a project more than a decade in the making.
We are at a critical juncture. We have funds available to begin design work on one segment of Torrey Pines Corridor, which stretches from La Jolla Shores Drive to Prospect Place. After years of community meetings, hundreds of hours of discussion and a multitude of studies by City staff, we are ready to take the next step.
The decision before us is not if, but how. We need to move forward with design and construction.
I propose that we begin the design process on one of the four sections while seeking additional funds for the other portions of the project. City staff and outside consultants have extensively studied the project and recommend starting with Segment 4, which runs from La Jolla Shores Drive to Little Street. The Traffic and Transportation Board and the La Jolla Shores Association both support this recommendation.
This approach makes sense for a number of reasons. First, it is easier to start on an outer segment and move toward the other end of the corridor. Second, it does not require any land acquisition and there is a separate retaining wall project in the area. Third, it will link up with existing improvements and entry landscaping at La Jolla Shores Drive. Finally, it is the longest segment with the lowest overall cost. Quite simply, it gives us the most bang for the buck.
But we need to act now if we want to reach our longtime goal: making Torrey Pines Road safer and more beautiful.
Arguing over new ideas might well doom this project from ever being completed. We have a plan. It is time to move forward.
As always, please contact my office with any questions or concerns.
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