Construction was underway Monday to install a temporary sidewalk on a dangerous stretch of road in the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa area.
An alarmingly dangerous dirt path is used by school children on a busy stretch of Old Otay Mesa Road to get to school at San Ysidro High in the Sweetwater Union High School District.
The city will take a patch of state lands from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to complete an $8.5 million project that will create a safer sidewalk for them.
City staff members have been working to build a sidewalk there since 2002.
The district provides free school bus passes to students who would otherwise have to walk that path.