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February 14, 2010 (La Mesa)—A groundbreaking will be held Wednesday, February 17 at 11:30 a.m. for improvements including an elevator tower, stairs, and a pedestrian bridge connecting the Grossmont Transit Center trolley stop and residential community to Grossmont Shopping Center shops and nearby businesses.


SANDAG Chair Lori Holt Pfeiler, who is also Mayor of Escondido, will be on hand along with La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid and Metropolitan Transit Service chairman Harry Mathis to kick off construction. The $4 million cost will be paid for with federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) funds. Rhia Construction in La Mesa is the contractor for the project.


The project is located off Fletcher Parkway at Trolley Court in La Mesa. The ceremony will take place at Bus Court, just off Trolley Court.

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Pedestrian Bridge to Grossmont Center-

It has been common knowledge since the Trolley was introduced to La Mesa that the criminals ride the Trolley to La Mesa, take a car home. Through the years crime has increased at an alarming rate here. There have been numerous robberies of pedestrians around the Grossmont Transit Center, not to mention just this week the robbery of SDCCU & Petco which are nearby.

Since this pedestrian bridge is already going to be built allowing greater access by the criminals, all we can do to be safe in this area is not frequent it. I plan to do more online shopping, think my first purchase will have to be a taser so when that carjacker who took the Trolley to La Mesa hops in my car, I am protected. God knows I won't be walking anywhere near the Grossmont Transit Center.