“From Sea to Santee” 52 Freeway Link Complete
I grew up in Santee, and really can’t believe how much it’s changed and developed over the past few decades, let alone the last decade. I remember the large empty fields where Kohls & Lowes now stand, Santee Lakes without the Mast Blvd connecting bridge, my backyard off Pebble Beach that had a chain link fence around it, before the city came and built the wall/noise barriers and planted tiny bushes that are now like huge trees. Santee is a great community with many housing options, good schools, lots of shopping, and somewhat quick access to freeways.
In the past few years since I now live in La Mesa, I’ve tended to avoid Santee mainly because of the Mission Gorge traffic problems. Construction started a few years ago to connect the 52 freeway from Santee to the 67(Lakeside) to help eliminate some of the required Mission Gorge travels. I’m always still in the area and just by glancing at the construction it seemed like we easily had another couple years to go until completion. But surprising, I just stumbled across this announcement that Santee is throwing a grand opening celebration this weekend for the completion of “State Route 52: Sea to Santee.” I think it’s such a great community gesture that Santee is inviting residents and everyone else to check out the new construction before they open the roads to motor vehicles. This new completion will definitely help clear up traffic, but it makes me wonder if this is an invitation to attract even more new development… Specifically, the proposal for the large development of homes across the street from West Hills that the community has always talked about. It won’t be bad thing whenever that happens, but will probably take away from the small town feel Santee once projected.
Free Community Festival on the Freeway(Sandag.org)
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rain or Shine
Everyone is invited to a community fair and fun walk/run/bike ride on the freeway on Saturday, March 19, to celebrate the upcoming opening of State Route 52 between SR 125 and SR 67. The FREE public event will take place on the new freeway before it opens to traffic near the end of March.
Dignitaries will kick off the celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the three-mile bike ride, fun run, and walk on the new lanes. The community event, which will last until 1 p.m., will include special flyovers courtesy of the Gillespie Air Show, live music, classic and “green” car displays, booths, and kids’ activities such as face painters and an inflatable jumper.
The first 3,500 guests will receive a free, commemorative T-shirt courtesy of event sponsors, including exclusive presenting sponsor San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), as well as major private event sponsors: KSON-FM, Rubio’s, MTS, AECOM, Flatiron, Simon Wong Engineering, and SKANSKA.
For more info, visit Sandag.org