SR-52 Expansion Set to Open to Traffic March 29

The freeway extension opening has been delayed, but not for too long.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) announced today that the State Route 52 expansion through Santee will open to traffic on Tuesday, March 29, as long as weather predictions hold true.

The much-anticipated opening of the , officially known as the "Sunny Side Gateway," was originally set to open March 26, but was delayed due to , according to Caltrans.

“Due to rain, the opening has been delayed,” said Caltrans Media Information Officer Edward Cartegena.

This project completes an  18-mile link from SR-67 all the way to I-5. Construction began  in  2008  and  was paid for with $133 million from the state’s  Proposition  1B Transportation Bond Program, $35 million from the regions TransNet half-cent sales tax and federal funds.

About 20,000 people came out to play on the freeway during last weekend's Grand Opening festival. Also, if you are trying to be one of the first to drive on the , you better plan on staying up late, Caltrans usually opens such roads to new traffic between 3 and 5 a.m.

Updated @ 4:15 p.m. to include new opening date.

sluggo March 26, 2011 at 04:34 AM
I hope we get to see some pics and discussions with the lucky first drivers that run the new stretch on Tuesday. I'm so tickled by this project, I'd even love some pics of them putting on the finishing touches that Shirley mentioned. Just a shot of a guy painting a last arrow or something. This opening is an epic deal, and every little bit is part of that epic-ness. Can I say it again? I must. GREAT WORK TO ALL WHO BUILT HER. That goes to the guys who pushed the dirt and laid the bar and poured the cement AND to the guys that drew up the plans AND to the guys who got all the right paper work signed. Santee is a Fine Fine City.
Jesica Curry March 26, 2011 at 07:34 AM
We are sooo excited for the opening! I'm bummed it's been delayed! At least it's only by a couple days. There's a few of us who live in Lakeside and work at the La Mesa Albertsons who are very excited for it open so we can get home from work quicker haha! Thanks for the update!
Khan Tot March 28, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Yohoo! Quicker way to get to Barona!
Jerry Clanton March 29, 2011 at 08:15 PM
I just hope this really positively impacts the traffic congestion on Mission Gorge Rd and Mast Blvd.
Jesica Curry March 29, 2011 at 09:14 PM
I got from Lakeside to Grossmont college and parked in 9 minuets! Awesome!!


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