Restored Gateway Sign Installed in Clairemont

The original gateway neighborhood sign was wrecked by a distracted driver more than a year ago

A newly-restored sign leading drivers into Clairemont was installed in the neighborhood Wednesday – a sign that one councilman says is part of the community’s character.

The gateway sign – which sits in East Clairemont, on the southwest corner of Balboa Avenue and the Interstate 805 entrance ramp – was destroyed more than one year ago by a distracted driver.

With $9,000 allotted for a replacement sign by the City of San Diego Community Projects, Program & Services (CPPS) Funding Program and the help of the Clairemont Town Council, District 6 Councilman Chris Cate said Clairemont’s sign is now as good as new, restored to its fullest potential.

“San Diego is defined by its neighborhoods – whether it’s Hillcrest or Little Italy or Clairemont. These neighborhood signs are a landmark – a trademark, a staple of each individual neighborhood and we wanted to make sure that Clairemont maintained that identity,” Cate told NBC 7.

The councilman said the installation of the new sign should serve as a reminder of the dangers of distracted driving.

“We want people to be safe when they’re driving to and from work; when they’re dropping their kids off at school,” he explained, adding that he hopes the project raises awareness on the issue.

Clairemont has a population of about 81,600 residents and is one of the largest neighborhoods in District 6. Now, Cate said the gateway to the community is once again a spot of which residents can be proud.

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