SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than 39,000 tripping hazards have been discovered in a condition assessment of San Diego sidewalks that's about halfway finished, according to a report scheduled to be presented Wednesday to the City Council's Infrastructure Committee.
City employees and college engineering students have been tramping along the sidewalks since January, noting and photographing problems from cracks to uplifts to corner curb ramps that don't meet requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
So far, about 3,100 miles of sidewalks have been catalogued, which officials believe is around the halfway point, according to the report. Most of the work so far has been conducted in San Diego's older neighborhoods.
The data collection of San Diego's sidewalks -- along with similar assessments of the condition of the city's parks, buildings and other structures -- is designed to give Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City Council an accurate picture of infrastructure needs. Estimates of the city's backlog of capital project and maintenance needs range up toward $2 billion, but city officials aren't sure of an exact amount.
Among other things, the sidewalk assessment is taking note of curb heights, trees and tree wells, and tripping hazards, where the difference between segments of a sidewalk differ by at least a half-inch.
About 3,700 of the tripping hazards are the result of tree roots, according to the report. More than 14,000 curb ramps aren't ADA compliant.
City officials said the assessment is expected to be completed in January 2015.
Temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but will remain cooler than normal.
A motorcyclist was suspected of drunken driving after causing a late-night car crash in Pacific Beach, police said Sunday, and hours later, a second crash occurred in the intersection while police were still investigating.
The San Diego County Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to recommend that the County’s Board of Supervisors approve the County’s revised Climate Action Plan, with some modifications.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.
Several dogs were taken into the custody of San Diego County and put down, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.