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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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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“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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Explore San Diego County's backroads, beaches, mountains and deserts with Joyride Guru® and award-winning author Jack Brandais. Make them your San Diego day trip.