Building freeway through Walker Canyon was a challenge

“We’re building a freeway down Walker Canyon now. It’s a strange, harsh, remote region where mountain and desert come together in a kind of mortal combat. A faulted, folded jumble of weathered rocks, of hardy oaks, of juniper, mesquite, and barrel cactus.”

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1933’s ‘Million Dollar Highway’ created new San Diego gateway

As Caltrans begins a $6.5 billion project to rebuild Interstate 5 from La Jolla to Oceanside, let’s look back 83 years to December 16, 1933, when leaders from San Diego, California, the U.S., and Mexico gathered at Sports Field (later Lane Field) in downtown San Diego to dedicate the “Million Dollar Highway.”

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