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Caltrans Votes Funds for 2nd Stage of Highway 52 Extension

The California Transportation Commission on Thursday approved $23 million for highway projects in San Diego County, including the already begun extension of California 52 to Tierrasanta.

The panel, meeting in Santa Clara, approved $18.6 million for the long-delayed 5.5-mile extension of the east-west freeway and three other projects: $1 million for widening and realigning curves on California 94 near Potrero, and $3.3 million for extending auxiliary lanes on Interstates 15 and 805.

Construction of the $60-million extension of California 52, which is mainly federally funded, began in October after years of delay caused by funding shortages and environmental concerns. The allocation approved Thursday was for the second stage of construction, a 1.7-mile stretch between Kearny Villa Road and Santo Road, near Tierrasanta.

The stretch will have interchanges at both Kearny Villa and Santo, plus a full freeway-to-freeway link with Interstate 15.

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