By Judi Curry
When was the last time you had to take someone to the airport? Or the last time you picked someone up? Have you been to the new airport – Terminal 2 – since they remodeled it into a highfalutin, gourmet-eating restaurant? If so, you know you have to be a speed reader to decipher the signs along Harbor Drive, especially while driving along at 50 miles-per-hour. Oh, you can’t? Well, you, my friend, are in trouble.
Wait until you see the new signage directing you to the airport terminals – Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and the Commuter Terminal. And the signs directing you to the rental car return are just as bad. I tried to take pictures today as I was dropping off one of my students to catch a plane for San Francisco. Unfortunately, they are not the best, but I think you will get the picture. (No … no pun intended.)
My first error was when I didn’t even look at the signs now posted overhead. I have been taking students to the airport for years. I know that I make a u-turn near the Commuter Terminal and come back to Terminal 2 to drop them off. Except you don’t do that anymore. No. Now, you must read the signs and try to follow the green arrows, which are printed on a yellow background, as you are driving down the road. I saw two near-misses as people realized they were in the wrong lane to make the left hand turn into the airport and jumped across other lanes. (Just look at the arrows on the signs – you’ll see what I mean.)
I don’t know if there are still speed reading classes offered at San Diego Continuing Education, but if you are planning going to the airport anytime soon – maybe for that gourmet meal – you better hone up on your reading skills first. Or you ain’t going to make it!
Jay Powell says
Judi, loved this. Had same experience a couple of weeks ago. They need to make it much clearer that there is separate route for departing and arriving at Terminal 2. Still looks like one path, until its too late. I had to go around. The lettering is smaller and the colors do not create contrast. Have you sent note to the Airport Authority? I think they are having a big hoopla official opening soon (or maybe did already?). You are correct, this is dangerous.
Thanks, Jay. I had to go back today and even though I knew the route I still had to make a 2nd route around. I just can’t understand the lack of signage.