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Dear Randy: Under the Overpass Revisited

Not only is the area under the new freeway overpass being beautified, an $8 million, three year project of landscaping around the new freeway and on-ramps is being rolled out.

You can call up , send emails all over, and reach out in many directions in looking for an answer to a local problem or help with an issue- or we can get that question right to , and he can use his resources and local government know-how to get the best answer around.

Send your questions or comments on any topic, preferably a local issue, to steven.bartholow@patch.com, or leave it as a comment below, and we'll pass it onto Mayor Voepel. He's agreed to shoot for answering one a week, so let's get those questions coming!

This week, the Mayor dug a bit deeper on last week's question, so here's part two:

Q. Dear Randy, What the heck is going on at the & 67 site near Prospect Avenue?

A. Here is an update from City Manager Keith Till on what's going on underneath the  67/52 freeway overpass. Keith and Staff have been working much closer with CalTrans and the landscaper than I thought.

Keith Till is a sharp City Manager and had our best staff working on this project. It looks like we will get a Park like setting all along the 52.

Keith Till:

"The landscaping plan for the SR 52/67 will be completed in three phases- and will take about three years. The total cost is estimated to be about $8 million and is funded by TransNet.

"The City worked directly with the Landscape Architects from Cal Trans on the design process. City staff had regular meetings with Cal Trans and went over each phase of the landscape design plan to make sure that the design would be suitable for Santee. This included making several changes to tree species, plant selection, and major design changes.

"The goal was to make the landscaped areas look like a Santee "park," with native trees and vegetation, and a more ornamental look along Magnolia Avenue and Mission Gorge Road. Cal Trans will also be upgrading the landscaping on the median on Mission Gorge Rd at the SR-52 off ramp to match the city's adopted median street scape plan for Mission Gorge Road."

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