Highway 52 extension to Santee opens Tuesday

City News Service

The new stretch of state Route 52 will open for traffic in time for Tuesday morning’s commute, a Caltrans official said Monday.

An announcement from the agency last week said the opening would take place “weather permitting.”

Edward Cartagena of Caltrans said crews working on the roadway assured him that weather conditions would allow them to finish their final touch-ups on the project.

The 3.5-mile section will extend the east-west highway from state Route 125 and state Route 67.

Highway 52 will run nearly 18 miles from La Jolla to Santee, and officials hope it will alleviate the always-heavy traffic on Mission Gorge Road and occasional tie-ups on Mast Boulevard.

Construction began in 2008. An estimated 20,000 people turned out for a celebration of the freeway’s opening 10 days ago.

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Posted by Staff on Mar 28, 2011. Filed under News, Region. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

2 Comments for “Highway 52 extension to Santee opens Tuesday”

  1. Adela

    What where they thinking? 5 lanes still merge to 2 making the traffic the last two days worse then ever. I may as well stay on the I-8 instead because the 52 is worse then ever.

  2. 52commuter

    I've been driving the 52 from El Cajon to the 805 for over 10 years. The traffic the last 2 days on the 52 has been horrible. Merging from the 125N to 52 in the morning is worse then ever and going home last night on the 52E was backed up past the 15. I hope someone is seeing less congestion but the actual commute on the 52 SUCKS!

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