Posted by sdcaraccidentlaw - March 29, 2017 11:43 am
Earlier this month, California State Senator Ben Hueso introduced SB 480, calling for an unspecified amount of money for maintenance costs and construction of safety barriers on the Coronado Bay Bridge in San Diego. SB 480 comes after several accidents occurred in the area, including one last October where four people were killed at a rally under the bridge at Chicano Park after a vehicle plunged off the ramp, falling on the victims. The alleged drunk driver in that incident is currently being held on a $2 million bond awaiting trial.
The bill could take about a year to go into effect, but local residents of Barrio Logan want faster results. Tommie Camarillo, head of the Chicano Park Steering Committee, stated that the community doesn’t “want a study; we want action.” Part of their impatience is due to the fact that approximately 73,000 vehicles pass over the bridge on a daily basis.
Hueso added that California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to add more signs and LED lights to the bridge to promote safer driving. The speed limit may also be lowered. Caltrans also plans on adding more CHP patrols on the bridge during major events at Chicano Park. The Transportation and Housing Committee will be the first to vote on the proposed bill, however the vote is yet to be scheduled.
The text of the bill can be found here.