A nonexistent Mission Valley bridge is bypassed completely in San Diego State University’s plan for the neighboring stadium site. That leaves the city of San Diego at what appears to be a dead end in a decades-long quest for a roadway some believe would ease area traffic, enhance public safety and provide better access to an out-of-the-way trolley station. The bridge in question, sometimes referred to as the Fenton Parkway Bridge, has gone by different names over the years, but it’s always had a singular trajectory. It would extend Fenton Parkway over the San Diego River to Camino Del Rio North, thus introducing a rare north-south roadway not subject to flooding. Today, the road abruptly ends at the Fenton Parkway trolley station, behind the IKEA-anchored Fenton Marketplace immediately adjacent to SDCCU Stadium. A connection over the river has, however, been anticipated since the 1980s. The bridge was included in the 1985 version of Mission Valley’s community plan, evaluated in other development-specific planning efforts and assumed as a given in Sudberry Properties’ 2008 study of its expansive Civita project. It was even a near certainty in 2002 until environmentalists led a ch...