1941’s ‘Modern Design’ was a dud

Anyone sitting in the traffic at Rosecrans Street and Sports Arena Boulevard today might want to have a word with traffic engineers from 1940s and 1960s. Touted as “modernization of the highway system in San Diego” was the 1941 construction of a new interchange between then-U.S. 101 and Mission Valley Road, today’s Interstate 8.

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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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