Back in February 1925, before there was a U.S. 101, the folks in California’s highway department were proud of the solution they’d come up with to “warn and protect motorists at the sharp curve approaching the San Mateo Creek bridge, northern San Diego County, where many deaths have occurred recently.”

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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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I’m due to receive a new 2017 Subaru Forester in a couple of days for a week’s test, so I’m heading out to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for a little trail driving. Yes, I know I just said to stay off the dirt roads for awhile, but the desert gets less rain and the sand dries out faster

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