San Diego traffic
By Miriam Raftery
December 7, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- A winter storm sweeping across East County has brought snow down to 4700 feet as of Saturday afternoon, with forecasts for two inches of snow down to 3500 tonight and flurries at lower elevations. Sunrise Highway at Old Highway 80 is currently blocked by boulders/large rocks and other crashes are reported on I-8 near Dunbar Lane in Alpine and on Highway 94 near Dulzura.
Icy rain is occurring as of 4:30 p.m. in Alpine and fog is reported from Alpine to Buckman Springs. High winds are also hitting East County, with gusts up to 72 mph reported at Julian's Volcan Mountain. If driving in the mountains, carry chains, extra clothing and food. Icy roads are likely tonight in mountains and even on Interstate 8, so motorists are advised to use caution.
November 19, 2013 (San Diego) -– Construction crews will close eastbound State Route 52 (SR-52) on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and again on Saturday night for paving and striping, according to Caltrans. The closures are part of an ongoing project to repair the dips in the pavement which is anticipated to be completed by winter 2014. The Convoy ramp will also be impacted; for details click "read more" and scroll down.
November 18, 2013 (San Diego) -- For approximately four nights, beginning Nov. 18, construction activity in southbound main lanes of Interstate 15 (I-15) between Mira Mesa Boulevard and Carroll Canyon Road will require nighttime closures of the southbound I-15 main lanes from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. These closures will allow crews to continue construction of the Mira Mesa direct access ramp for mass transit.
During the closures, the southbound Express Lanes will be open and free of charge to all motorists. Signs will be posted on the freeway in advance of the closures to direct drivers to the Express Lanes and to other detours (see map below).
October 27, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – A Sig-Alert has been issued for a head-on crash at Highway 94 and Otay Lakes Road. Incident Page Network reports a fatality. CHP’s website indicates the head-on collision involved a white truck and a black sedan, with a third vehicle also involved.
A serious accident is also reported on Sunrise Highway at State Route 79. According to the CHP website, one vehicle swerved to avoid another and rolled over. The vehicle is on its roof against support lines for a power pole. At least one serious injury is reported and emergency responders are en route.
Update: The fire is now out but the roadway remains flooded and there are many other hazards. Lightning strikes are reported in the Warner Springs area and other locations including the bolt shown at left, taken by Bob Kutscher. This strike apparently ignited the fire, with smoke visible on a second image moments later shot from Borrego.
September 6, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – A fire truck en route to a fire reported in the Scissors Crossing area near Julian has become stuck in the mud. Highway S2 is shut down from State Route 79 to S 22 and a Sig Alert has been issued. The fire truck initially became stuck after encountering a road washed out by flooding at 79 en route to Montezuma, according to the California Highway webpage. Smoke is also reportedly visible form Vista Point; it is unclear if this is the same fire.
On Mt. Laguna, mudslides are reported on Sunrise Highway between I-8 and mile marker 18; Cal Trans is responding. Rockslides are also occurring on Old 80, the National Weather Service reports. In the desert, downed powerlines are reported on Rango Way and Borrego Valley Road.
A flash flood warning remains in effect until 430 p.m. for Southeastern San Diego County.Shortly before 3 p.m. National Weather service Doppler radar continued to indicate moderate to heavy rain in the area from Cuyamaca Peak to Campo. Storm spotters reported flooded roads in Pine Valley. Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Morena Village, Potrero, Campo, Descanso, Cuyamaca Peak, Highway 79, Sunrise Highway, Tierra del Sol and Interstate 8. A flash flood watch remains in effect across many other areas, along with a high heat warning.
CHP seeks witnesses to brazen mid-day theft
September 3, 2013 (San Diego) – The California Highway Patrol is warning motorists about two people in a white Crown Victoria equipped with flashing red and blue lights to resemble a police car. The pair reportedly pulled over a Jeep near the junction of freeways 805 and 905 today at 1:05 p.m.. A Hispanic man wearing a black jacket with “police” across the chest and wearing what appeared to be a holstered handgun on his hip got out of the passenger side of the Crown Victoria. He asked the Jeep driver to get out, then stole the vehicle.
STUCK BIG RIG BLOCKS HIGHWAY 94 FOR 54 HOURS; RESIDENTS ASK WHY OVERSIZED TRUCK WAS ALLOWED ON AREA’S ONLY EVACUATION ROUTE
Update August 14, 2013 -- This truck remains stuck at the side of the road a week later, with still no answers from authorities on who if anyone authorized this severely oversized load to travel this highway. Reportedly it was bound for Tecate and residents wantt o know why it didn't take the Otay crossing and avoid these mountainous roads.
By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Donnie Durfee
August 8, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)—A truck carrying an over-sized load has repeatedly become stuck on curves along Highway 94 between Dulzura and Tecata, causing a SIG ALERT that extended more than 20 hours. Residents reported seeing the slow-moving rig the past two nights, however, and Deerhorn Valley Antler Kim Hamilton reports the ordeal has been ongoing for 54 hours as of late tonight, forcing residents to take a detour of 70 to 80 minutes. As of 9:30 p.m. the highway remained shut down in both directions.
“Closure of our major evacuation route without notice would create a very dangerous situation in the event of evacuation. Fires happen at all hours and we ARE in the middle of a very dicey season,” Deerhorn Valley antler editor Kim Hamilton wrote. ECM shares her concern and has sent a request for information to the California Highway Patrol.
Equally disturbing, the CHP website quit updating its log at noon and dropped the incident off its incident page entirely this evening.
Update 8:30 p.m. - Fire is 70% contained and has reached 110 acres, ECM reporter Nadin Abbott reports.
Update 8:00 p.m. -- The fire has swelled to 60 acres, ECM news partner 10 News reports. One lane of 52 east is now open but the Santos ramp remains closed. There are no threats to structures at this time.
June 16, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- A fast-burning brush fire has consumed 20 acres and has now crossed into Mission Trails Regional Park, according to the CHP website at 5:25 p.m. State Route 52 eastbound is also being shut down near Santo Road.
Story and photo by Miriam Raftery
June 3, 2013 (La Mesa) – A SIG alert has been issued in La Mesa, where an EDCO trash truck overturned, spilling a dumpster onto the ramp from Severin Drive to Interstate 8 west.
In addition, 100 gallons of diesel fuel have been spilled, the California Highway Patrol website reports, and a HAZMAT team has been called to the scene.
Update: The fire off 125 reached 20 acres and is now contained.
April 28, 2013 – A brush fire that began along State Route 125 in the vicinity of Magdalena and Birch Streets is now two acres. Helicopters are battling the blaze. Access is difficult for hose-lays. The blaze is in a canyon near Olympian High School. State Route 125 has been closed in both directions.
In Otay, a small fire has also been reported near the George Bailey Detention Center.
April 11, 2013 (Escondido) -- Firefighters are responding to a brush fire at Deer Springs and I-15 in the Escondido area. According to the Incident Page Network there are several spot fires, with a larger header farther south. One fire is now over an acre.
According to the CHP there is a second spot fire starting one to two miles from the original fire.
April 8, 2013 (San Diego's East County)-- The CHP has shut down I-8 westbound at the Ocotillo grade to high-profile vehicles due to heavy winds. In addition, heavy fog is reported in Japatul Valley on I-8 east of Alpine. Use caution if you must drive in these areas.
Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News
March 22, 2013 (Otay) -- This morning at 11:05, California Highway Patrol communications began receiving reports that a small private plane had been forced to land on the freeway after experiencing mechanical problems. CHP officers responded to these reports and located the Cessna 150 on the right shoulder of State Route 125, near the Otay River Bridge.
February 20, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Interstate 8 is closed this morning at Willows Road in Alpine due to ice and snow. There is a second closure in effect at Ocotillo. In addition, an accident has occurred at Viejas Grade and Willows Road and a rollover at Harbison Canyon, where two people are reported injured, per IPN.
Chains are required on Sunrise Highway. Elsewhere in the county, rain, hail and snow are causing major delays for motorists. Use caution if you must drive during the storm.
February 11, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – Several major traffic issues pose problems for motorists this afternoon:
Sunrise Highway and Los Huecos Road on Mt. Laguna -- Boulders are blocking the roadway; road crews are en route.
Eastbound Highway 94 west of I-14: A multi-vehicle accident is blocking several lanes.
A SIG alert remains in effect in Lakeside at Wildcat Canyon Road and Willows, due to yet another accident involving power lines.
February 10, 2013 (Lakeside) -- Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside remains closed tonight between Willows Road and Muth Valley Road. The route has been shut down since a vehicle accident downed power lines around 1:58 a.m. According to the California Highway Patrol website, Wildcat Canyon, the main access route to Barona Casino, could remain closed all night.
February 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Avoid I-8 east of Alpine. White-out conditions are reported on I-8 at Crestwood/Campo. At Pine Valley, multiple vehicles have spun out due to snow and ice on the freeway.
Chains are required on Palomar Mountain and Sunrise Highway, and in other locations above 3,000 feet for two-wheel drive vehicles.
In Valley Center, Woods Valley Road is closed overnight due to a power pole down.
A winter storm warning remains in effect countywide until 3 a.m.,with rain and snow falling. Stay off roads if possible and use extreme caution if you must travel.
February 8, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – A cold front will bring chilly temperatures, thunderstorms and in mountain areas, snowfall starting Friday. Four to ten inches of snow are expected to fall above 4,000 feet, with snow levels dipping down to 2500 feet or even lower Friday night and Saturday.
Travel may be hazardous on portions of I-8 as well as on mountain roads.
January 31, 2013 (Santa Ysabel/Ramona) – Highway 78 is shut down due to a fatality accident involving downed power lines. The rollover crash was reported close to 1 p.m. with occupants trapped inside the vehicle. A Sig Alert has been issued. Highway 78 is closed in both directions from Old Julian Highway to the junction of Highways 78 and 79 in Santa Ysabel, CHP reports.
December 30, 2012 (San Diego) – Several lanes are blocked by a multi-vehicle accident on westbound I-8, just west of 805.
In addition, a rollover accident has occurred on northbound 163 on the ramp to eastbound I-8.
A collision has also occurred on I-8 eastbound at East Main Street in El Cajon.
Update: Both 163 and 805 are now reopened, though traffic on 163 remains slow as of 5:55 p.m.
December 28, 2012 (San Diego) -- For the second time today, a suicidal person threatening to jump off a bridge has caused major traffic delays. Late this afternoon, State Route 163 has been shut down in both directions at the Laurel Street Bridge in Balboa Park. The I-5 connector to 163 is also closed due to the jumper.
Earlier today, a man threatening to jump off a bridge forced shut-down of I-805 at State Route 54. That individual has been taken into custody and 805 is now reopened.
If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please contact these resources:
December 13, 2012 (Bonita) 8:35 a.m. -- Avoid 805 through the Bonita and Southbound areas this morning, where major flooding is reported by CHP and at least two serious accidents have occurred. At I-805 south in Bonita, a four-vehicle collision has occurred including a semi-truck, CHP report. At I-805 and Meade, IPN reports an accident involving two school buses with a driver trapped in the engine compartment.
November 25, 2012 (El Cajon ) - A brush fire is burning along Interstate 8 west at East Main Street in El Cajon. The fire is burning uphill in medium fuel. CHP shut down the freeway briefly but one lane is now reopened.
Further east, a car fire on I-8 east near Jacumba is also impacting traffic.
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October 13, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A four-vehicle accident that has injured six patients is blocking lanes on eastbound State Route 94 this evening, IPN reports. A SIG alert has been issued and the highway is shut down at Federal in Lemon Grove.
According to the CHP website, a wrong-way driver was reported at the scene shortly before the crash was reported. Victims include children and elderly; a medical helicopter has been requested.
October 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Eastbound I-8 will be closed for an investigation until approximately 11:30 a.m., according to the CHP website.
A multi-vehicle accident has occurred involved a semi-truck and an over-turned vehicle in the center lane on I-8 near Japatul/Highway 79. Fire and medical personnel have been dispatched along with an ASTREA heliciopter; a suspect who fled the scene has been taken into custody by an Immigration and Customs officer.
October 8, 2012 (Alpine) – A three-mile stretch of Interstate 8 will be closed tonight for a continuing investigation into a fatal crash on June 11 that killed two people. All eastbound lanes will be closed between Dunbar Lane/Harbison Canyon Road and Tavern Road from 11 p.m. tonight until 4 a.m. tomorrow, according to the California Highway Patrol.
September 18, 2012 (Santee) -- A man is dead after jumping off a bridge over westbound State Route 52 near Mast Boulevard in Santee, CHP's webpage confirms. The freeway is closed and the Medical Examiner has been called to the scene.
Update 2:40 p.m. The fire is holding at 7 acres.
August 7, 2012 (San Diego's East County) - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the south central portions of San Diego including but not limited to Pine Valley, Descanso and Morena Village.
In addition, a flash flood watch is in effect for East County's mountains and high desert areas. Hundreds of low water crossings are potentially dangerous in heavy rains, the NWS warns; do not attempt to drive through flooded roads as even a few inches of swiftly moving water can sweep a vehicle away.
July 22, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 125 south at State Route 94 in the Spring Valley area has resulted in injuries to several people.
"We have transported all patients to hospitals," a Heartland Fire dispatcher told ECM.
July 19, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A SIG ALERT has been issued for eastbound Highway 94, where an overturned trash truck is blocking access to northbound SR-125.
“It was an EDCO trash truck laying on its side with its wheels pointed south,” El Cajon Councilman Gary Kendrick told ECM, who drove past the incident moments ago.