La Jolla traffic lights fixed — after city crew gets out of traffic mess

By Dave Schwab

Staff Writer

Traffic lights are out in “the Throat” intersection leading into La Jolla from Interstate 5 were repaired about 11 a.m Friday, after being out for about 90 minutes, said Dan Roberts, the city’s traffic signal supervisor.

“It’s one of many that we had happen,” he said. “We don’t like it when it happens on the busier arteries.”

A crew dispatched to fix the problem got caught in the traffic jam trying to get into La Jolla to fix it.

“At 9:42 a.m. today a call came in that traffic signals are out of order, stop lights are red in all directions, at the intersection of La Jolla Shores Drive and Torrey Pines Road,” said Lt. Andra Brown of the San Diego Police Department during the height of the backup. “Officers are standing by to make sure there are no disturbances while waiting for this thing to get fixed.”

“We do have a technician on the way but he’s stuck on Highway 52,” said Linda Brito with Street Division Dispatch for the city of San Diego at 10:55 a.m. today. “They’re less than a mile away but they said it may take 30 minutes to get there.”