I have been remiss on updating the work along SR-52, so I suppose it is about time to post again. For various reasons I did not get many pictures during October, but I do have several from September and November. So, without further delay, continuing work on SR-52.
September 29, 2008
View from the hills south of SR-52 along SR-125
SR-52 bridge over Fanita Drive
There are still some inconveniences – Construction at the end of Granite House Road
Framing for bridge support at Cuyamaca Street
September 30, 2008
Work continues on the future SR-52/SR-67 Interchange
Cut for future bridge and reinforcing for bridge support
Drilling footings for another bridge at SR-67
October 14, 2008
A fire caused by a welder’s torch damaged the forms for the Cuyamaca Street bridge
November 18, 2008
I came across this work one day and fortunately had my camera with me as I drove south on SR-125. The supports for one of the bridges across SR-125 was in the process of being removed, and there had been a traffic backup as they moved some of the material.
Close up of support removal
November 30, 2008
Finishing work on west support at Cuyamaca Street
North end of Cuyamaca Street bridge support
This brings us up to date as far as pictures that I have. Stay tuned for future updates.
SR-52 Construction at SR-125
Construction cranes stand watch over SR-52 construction.
If you have caught the SR-125 from Mission Gorge Road lately, then you have had the joy of the new “merge” as Caltrans moves forward on the extension of SR-52 east to SR-67. The first couple times I ran through there it was a total mess, with people trying to beat each other to the merge, and no one willing to back off. This is especially frustrating when that sort of impolite behavior leaves you stuck in the middle of the intersection after the light turns red. But the last few times I’ve taken 125 the merge has been much easier to deal with. I attribute this to the underlying decency and politeness of Santee drivers, and the likelihood that people have quickly learned that taking turns rather than trying to be first makes it faster for everyone. So congratulations, Santee – you’re showing your good driver skills.
Now, about SR-52. We all know that 52 will extend to 67, and we all hope that it will help cut down the traffic on Mission Gorge Road and Mast Boulevard. Here is the lowdown on the construction to come. According to a report released by the Department of Transportation (i.e. Caltrans), the project will build three miles of freeway just north of and roughly parallel to Prospect Avenue. The work began last year, following the re-channelling of Forester Creek, and should be completed by late 2010. The extension of 52 will include interchanges at Fanita Drive, Cuyamaca Street, and Magnolia Avenue, and this stretch is expected to carry about 110,000 cars a day by 2025. Currently the projected cost of the project is $447 million, but we will have to wait and see how that shakes out.
I know that the next few years will still have their share of driving headaches as streets are blocked, rerouted, and otherwise jumbled to allow for the required construction, but by 2011 we should have a straight shot from 67 all the way out to I-5. That will be a nice change.