Highway 52

TOW TRUCK DRIVER KILLED BY HIT AND RUN DRIVER ON HIGHWAY 52

 

Source: California Highway Patrol

February 24, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) — A tow truck driver assisting a disabled vehicle on the right-hand shoulder of State Route 52 eastbound was hit by a Ford Explorer yesterday at 5:08 p.m.  and died at the scene.

SCENIC HIGHWAY DESIGNATION OF STATE ROUTE 52: SUPPORT LETTERS SOUGHT

 

East County News Service

October 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—Caltrans is weighing whether or not to grant state scenic highway designation of State Route 52 from Mast Boulevard in Santee to Santo Road in San Diego, where the highway passes through Mission Trails Regional Park.  Preserve Wild Santee began seeking the designation in 2012 and the San Diego City Council passed a unanimous resolution in support in 2013, yet Caltrans has not yet taken action.

Save Mission Trails and Preserve Wild Santee are both asking the public to send letters urging support of the scenic highway designation to preserve the natural beauty of this area from projects such a power plant proposal recently withdrawn by the developer.  Save Mission Trails has provided a sample letter that you can sign and send to those listed below.

Note to our readers: Please send us your best photos taken alone highway 52 between Mast and Santos Road! We will publish the most scenic and beauitful photos.

HIGHWAY 52 CLOSURES THIS WEEK ANNOUNCED BY CALTRANS

 

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.

MOUTAIN BIKE FATALITY: SIG ALERT ON HIGHWAY 52 WESTBOUND

 

April 14, 2011 (Santee) -- A SIG alert was issued shorterly after 4:30 p.m. on westbound Highway 52 near Mast.  According to the CHP website, an 18-speed mountain bike was spotted near a guardrail with a cord dangling.  Emergency responders found the rider had fallen over the embankment and was pronounced dead at the scene.

THOUSANDS FROLIC ON NEW FREEWAY: HIGHWAY 52 NOW OPEN FROM SANTEE TO THE SEA

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 20, 2011 (Santee) – An estimated 20,000 people turned out to run, walk, bike and party atop the last link of Highway 52 at yesterday’s “Sea to Santee” celebration. Now open to traffic, the new freeway segment is the last link connecting Highway 67 in East County to Interstate 5 and La Jolla.

 

Transportation improvements have historically heralded changes in East County, starting with cattle drives and the coming of stagecoach and railway lines in the 19th century. Invention of the "horseless carriage" brought construction of Highways 94 and 80, connecting East County to San Diego and Arizona. The aviation era led to the airfield at Gillespie Field. More recently, construction of Interstate 8, Highway 67 and now Highway 52 further improved access to East County for visitors from around the county and across the nation. 

 

The new highway will also make it faster for East County residents to reach San Diego destinations including employment and yes, beaches.  Surf's up, Santee!

52 CLOSURES SUNDAY THROGH WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

 

September 17, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Construction crews from the California Department of Transportation will be removing bridge falsework on the State Route 52 (SR-52) Sunny Side Gateway Project. Crews will close Prospect Avenue between Graves and Magnolia avenues Sunday through Wednesday evenings from 9 until 5 the next morning.

 

ROCK BALANCING MYSTERY INTRIGUES EAST COUNTY MOTORISTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 6, 2010 – It’s not on the scale of Stonehenge. But stacked rocks popping up along an East County freeway are drawing the attention of passersby and sparking a mystery as to their origins. Just who has been balancing stones along Highway 52, and why?