The San Diego City Council recently voted 8-1 to approve the “Franklin Ridge Road Connection,” a vehicular connection between Mission Valley and Serra Mesa through Civita. The connection will extend Civita’s Franklin Ridge Road to the north and connect to Phyllis Place in Serra Mesa.
Proponents of the road connection say it would ease traffic congestion, help complete a regional bicycling network, reduce carbon emissions, and provide more direct access to I-805 from Mission Valley. City officials also say the connector would boost emergency response times.
Opponents say that the road would increase traffic, reduce safety, and impair the pedestrian-friendly character of the surrounding communities. Some opponents of the road connection have vowed to fight the decision in court.
The City of San Diego has been considering a possible vehicular connection between Mission Valley and Serra Mesa since 1985. When plans for Civita were approved, Sudberry Properties agreed to abide by the city’s ultimate decision and stay neutral on the issue. To accommodate either decision, the Civita Specific Plan was designed with and without the road connection. Click here to view artist renderings of the two options.