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Caltrans Accelerates Repairs on State Route 78 in San Diego County Due to SB 1 Funds

Pavement Project Will Improve 71 Lane Miles, Providing a Safer and Smoother Commute

Date: August 17, 2018
District: 11
Phone: (619) 688-6723

SAN DIEGO - Caltrans will improve 71 lane miles on State Route 78 from Flora Vista Street in Escondido to West Haverford Road in Ramona and from just east of Magnolia Avenue in Ramona to Wynola Road in Julian due to the funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

"State Route 78 in San Diego County is an important east-west corridor and commuter route that is especially crucial to our outlying rural communities. SB 1 funding for this project allows crews to make the long-lasting repairs needed to sustain a reliable and safe transportation system for the users who depend on this route."

Laurie Berman, Director, Caltrans

More than 1,300 trucks daily use this segment of SR-78 and 28 percent of those trucks have five-plus axles that contribute to road deterioration.

"Without this SB 1 funded project, the pavement would continue to deteriorate, which would directly impact travelers and result in costly maintenance repairs in the future. Moving people and goods through this corridor is critical, as the five major cities intersecting State Route 78 are growing with more people living and working in the area than ever before."

Cory Binns, Director, Caltrans District 11

This $12.5 million project, has been awarded to Calmex Engineering Inc. who will remove and replace old pavement to restore the roadway and will add safety improvements, including high visibility road markings. Work started the week of July 9 at westbound SR-78 and Haverford Road in Escondido, and will take place daily Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. until the project is completed in the fall. The work will require reducing SR-78 to one lane in one-mile segments and may temporarily block some driveways. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and Be Work Zone Alert.

The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. More information and updates on projects can be found at or on Twitter via @SDCaltrans.

SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit

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