Proud of improvements on Del Dios; today, it’s scary curvy

Back in 1959, they were darned proud of the improvements to Del Dios Highway, one of the names of the road that connects I-5 and I-15 in northern San Diego County. But today, it’s scary and curvy, just the thing for a great day trip and a chapter in my Joyrides Around San Diego.

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$30 million needed in 1939 to modernize San Diego’s roads

It was 1939 and U.S. 80 made the cover of California Highways and Public Works magazine, but not for a good reason. The twisting curve, that looks like it’s just west of today’s Golden Acorn Casino, was an example of just one of the roads that needed to be fixed.

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A ‘fool proof’ solution to railroad crossings from 1927

It was billed as a “Making Highways Fool Proof; Object Lesson from San Diego” back in December 1927. The 1927 California Highways and Public Works magazine report on the new bridge over the Santa Fe Railroad Tracks at the north end of Del Mar was heralded as great improvement for safety, as cars and trains would no longer tangle.

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