Santee City Staff Considering Changes to Make End of SR-125 Safer

Between 2006 and 2012 there have been 61 traffic collisions at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and SR-125, three deadly.

Also read: Sign to be Dedicated in Memory of Woman Who Died in Crash at End of SR-125

At the January 9 meeting of the Santee City Council a resident brought up the issue of repeated car crashes at the end of the SR-125 freeway at Mission Gorge Road. Her attention to the matter had been reignited by the most recent accident in December, which involved a 21-year-old Orange County man accused of driving drunk and crashing into a San Diego police car, seriously injuring a rookie officer. As a result the wooden caution barrier now sits in shambles at the intersection.

Deputy City Manager Pedro Orso-Delgado replied that city staff were setting up meetings with Caltrans to discuss ideas to make the end of the freeway safer for motorists. Ideas discussed at the council meeting included reducing the width of the freeway at the end so it doesn't seem as much like a freeway and drivers will slow down, implementing a net type system or the more traditional sand bed or water barrels.

Between 2006 and 2012 there have been 61 traffic collisions at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and SR-125, 14 caused by a DUI driver, 16 caused by speeding, and three deadly, according to the Sheriff's Department. Of the three deadly crashes, two were caused by DUI, one by a floor mat stuck on the accelerator.

This week the Sheriff's Department is holding a dedication ceremony for a new freeway sign in memory of Pamela Sue Marabeas, who was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection in 2009.

COMMENT: Do you feel safe at that intersection? Do you have any ideas for making it safer?

Daniel January 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Warning lights about the traffic lights ahead or sync'd traffic lights on the bridge as previously commented seem to be the quickest and most cost effective. Then if its determined that thats not enough add the probably more expensive and time consuming traffic calming ideas later.
Susan Jacobs February 03, 2013 at 04:53 PM
The end of the freeway needs a run-away truck type bed instead of barricades and curbing that serve only to launch the vehicle. The loose gravel bed envelopes the tires and slows the vehicle to a safe stop. Requiring a tow truck for removal and a mandatory citation for not driving safely for the conditions on the road. I agree with Tom on the lighting situation. It hard to see what is coming up after the bridge signs.
Kathy February 03, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Having a Runaway area, Sand bed or Water barrels will not prevent all of the accidents considering that all but 2 of the accidents that happened, also involved cross traffic. I believe that we have to close that 125 exit and build curved off ramps, one West and one East. If they bring the lanes down to 2 lanes will just create a major gridlock at that exit. We need to protect the drivers going West/East on Mission Gorge, it is the most dangerous Intersection in Santee.
Lisa Veall Larson February 04, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I too feel unsafe at this intersection. I have a possible solution; instead of the freeway ending at Mission Gorge, they should have made Mission Gorge road simply an exit and the 125 should have continued to the 52. This would make a smooth transition and an exit would be a deliberate move rather than the end of the freeway.
CheckingDaHood April 25, 2013 at 04:53 AM
If they squeeze that down to two lanes, it just means the drunks and texters are going to plow into the folks who are waiting for the light, instead of the folks crossing the intersection. Basically you're turning the freeway traffic into temporary yellow water barriers every time the light turns red.


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