State Route 52 (SR-52) Corridor Study

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Hwy 52 Corridor Study

State Route 52 (SR-52) is a major east-west freeway serving the City of San Diego and east county communities.  Current levels of congestion, particularly during the morning and evening peak periods, have affected the reliability of service on this freeway with the implication that automobile, bus, and freight trips cannot always be completed by the anticipated time.  Further, congestion on SR-52 has a ripple effect on surrounding roadways, including I-805 and local arterials, degrading conditions and adding to the overall congestion in the region. These conditions are expected to worsen in the future as population and employment grow and the reliability of SR-52 will continue to deteriorate unless improvements are implemented.


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The City of Santee is conducting a study of the SR-52 corridor to explore potential solutions to address current and future congestion issues in the corridor between I-805 and SR-67. These potential solutions could involve a number of modes of transportation including freeway improvements, enhanced transit facilities and services, improved access to key activity centers, and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and Transportation System Management (TSM) strategies, all aimed at improving the overall mobility through the corridor.
The goals of the  study are to identify short and mid- term improvements that can accomplish the following:                                                        

  • Improve Mobility. Deliver freeway operational improvements and needed capacity to reduce congestion.
  • Increase Reliability through Transportation System Management (TSM). Use technology to provide comprehensive corridor management to provide a significant increase in vehicular throughput and reliability. This will be achieved through implementation of advanced technology systems and corridor controls.
  • Reduce Dependence on Single Occupancy Vehicle Trips through Transportation Demand Management (TDM). Develop targeted residential and employer incentive programs, identify park-n-ride locations and explore vanpool opportunities to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips.
  • Improve Transit and Access to Transit. Develop operations to improve transit travel times and reliability and construct the “first-mile/last-mile” connections to the existing transit hub, while expanding the regional active transportation connections to connect more people to transit services.

The study seeks to develop solutions that optimize our existing facilities and provide alternatives to driving alone. It also aims to develop solutions that are flexible to respond to changing user needs and new technology. The study will also identify funding strategies to implement the recommended projects in the near and mid-term.

For more information about the study, please contact Minjie Mei, City of Santee, Principal Traffic Engineer, at 619-258-4100 ext. 189.