Video: Supervisor Cox Broaches Idea of Pedestrian ‘Tube’ Under Bridge

Ready for a way to enjoy the bridge via bicycle or walking? Right now that’s only possible if you sign up for one of the races that occasionally shuts down parts of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.

But what if a tube could be constructed beneath the bridge to allow passage for bicyclists and walkers?

Supervisor Greg Cox warned that that the idea is currently “just a concept” being pursued by a local architect backed by interested citizens.

It would require review from the state Department of Transportation and Cox said it could not interfere with military operations. Residents from Coronado and Barrio Logan also would have chances to weigh in before anything moved forward.

Cox mentioned the proposal as part of his State of the County address Wednesday aboard the USS Midway Museum before about 900 people.

He discussed the county’s financial strength, its development of mobile apps to better connect with residents and upcoming challenges, including the state’s transfer of responsibility for certain prisoners to local jails.

He also focused on the goal of improving the health of residents, particularly through educational initiatives about better eating and exercise habits and aid to seniors struggling with managing their own care.

He said the Board of Supervisors would seek to bolster the county’s employment picture though what he called “the blue economy,” or jobs related to the ocean and bayfront.

“I will work to fire up this economic engine,” he said.

He noted the ongoing development of the Bayshore Bikeway, which runs through Coronado, Imperial Beach and communities that surround San Diego Bay.

It is 60 percent complete and could be finished in five years, he predicted.

Cox also pointed to the local portion of the California Coastal Trail, which runs from Oregon through IB to the Mexican border, and said his goal is for San Diego County to become the first in the state to complete its part.

Environmental themes were a large part of the 35-minute speech, with Cox mentioning the county’s upcoming plan to consider testing that could make it easier to determine if local waterways are polluted, and the goal of completing 22 miles of trails in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park.

Cox’s district covers the South Bay and parts of San Diego. He is chairman of the board for 2013, holding a post that rotates annually among the five supervisors.

For the discussion of the vision for the bridge, skip to the 44:30 mark on the video. For Cox’s mention of the coastal trail and the regional park, jump to the 42:30 mark. After introductions, his speech begins at the 19-minute mark.

What do you think of the tube idea? Is it good for Coronado? Tell us in the comments.