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City Finishes Upgrades To 15 Most Dangerous Intersections

A crosswalk sign at a San Diego intersection, April 4, 2018.

Credit: Matt Hoffman/KPBS News

Above: A crosswalk sign at a San Diego intersection, April 4, 2018.

The city of San Diego announced Tuesday the completion of upgrades to 15 of the city's most accident-prone intersections.

The improvements are part of the city's Vision Zero program, with a goal of eliminating fatal traffic accidents altogether by 2025. The plan is to do it with infrastructure upgrades and traffic safety education. Circulate San Diego released a list last April of the city's 15 most dangerous intersections.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Circulate San Diego Executive Director Colin Parent held a news conference Tuesday at the last intersection to be fixed, 33rd Street and El Cajon Boulevard. He discussed the improvements, which include higher-visibility crosswalk designation and audible pedestrian signals and countdown timers.

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"This is all about making it safer for everyone — drivers, pedestrians and cyclists — as they navigate city streets," Faulconer said. "Making crosswalks more visible and adding audible walk signals are just a few of the simple yet effective ways we can make our neighborhoods safer."

Other intersections that underwent improvements include 10th Avenue and A Street, Fourth Avenue and B Street and Fifth Avenue and B Street. Intersections on Euclid Avenue, University Avenue and Market Street were also on the list.

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Faulconer announced plans to fix more than 300 more accident-prone intersections during his "State of the City" address last month. According to Faulconer's office, Caltrans has awarded the city roughly $2.45 million for the improvements, which will start next year. City officials expect improvements to the first 50 intersections to be completed by the end of 2020.

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