Traffic light proposed for deadly Point Loma intersection

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POINT LOMA -- Safety improvements could soon come to a dangerous Point Loma intersection where an SUV hit and killed a 7-month-old girl as she was being pushed in a stroller by her dad back in March.

It was a scene many saw coming but since the accident very little has changed.

The crosswalk on northbound Cañon Street and Catalina Blvd. is still known as one of Point Loma’s most dangerous intersections.

Residents say it is a blind turn for drivers and pedestrians.

But Thursday night concerned residents heard from Traffic Engineers with the city of San Diego.

They presented a plan to put up a traffic light at the crosswalk for vehicles driving northbound into the right turn lane where the accident happened, along with additional signing, warning drivers several blocks prior to the turn.

The lanes going north on Catalina Blvd. next to the crosswalk would also be reduced to one in order to slow down traffic.

Residents welcomed the city’s effort but said it fails to address several issues.

“The speed limit, I mean people are gong faster than the 45 mile per hour speed limit,” said Michelle Reynolds.

Some residents have proposed to close the turn lane completely along with the crosswalk and turn the area into a park, which the city is also considering along with a long-term plan still in the works.

“I mean we got to do something, or it’s going to happen,” said Reynolds.

A city engineer told Fox 5 he isn’t sure when construction could begin but once it does the proposed safety improvements could be completed in 2 months.

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