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City Council to consider Park Boulevard road project

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A long-awaited plan to connect Park Boulevard with Harbor Drive could get a boost next week when the San Diego City Council considers whether to direct new funding toward the project.
   
The thoroughfare stops next to Petco Park, where it intersects with Tony Gwynn Drive. A half-dozen railroad and trolley tracks currently sit between the road's terminus and Harbor Drive.
   
The road extension was given its first go-ahead by city officials 14 years ago, when the Padres ballpark was being planned. The plan was to open up 
the last segment of Park Boulevard to make up for closing the nearby Eighth Avenue crossing.
   
Construction was delayed, however, by a legal challenge from the California Public Utilities Commission that took three years to resolve, a shift in city priorities to a pedestrian overcrossing that was built nearby, and the state's abolishment of redevelopment, according to a report from Civic 
San Diego, which assists the city with certain development projects.
   
The report says the nearly $14 million project, which will include pedestrian enhancements, will be largely covered by excess proceeds from leftover redevelopment bonds.
   
The plan also calls for 100 feet of the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade to be shifted to make way for a pedestrian crossing. Additional recognition of the civil rights leader would be installed as part of the project, Civic San Diego says.
   
If the funding is approved, construction could start early next year and be finished by October 2018, according to the agency's timeline.

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