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Post-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic

Former State Route 252

Click here for a key to the symbols used. An explanation of acronyms may be found at the bottom of the page.

Routing Routing

Former Rte 252No current routing.

Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

Post-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic In 1963, Route 252 was defined as “Route 5 to Route 805 near the north city limits of National City.”

This routing was deleted in 1994 by AB 3132, Chapter 1220.

Rte 252 Freeway RoutingIn 1965, the CTC adopted a freeway alignment for Route 252 in its entirety in San Diego and National City. This 1.8-mile connecting link between I-5 and I-805 freeways proceeds easterly from I-5 at Wabash Boulevard (Route 103), approximately one block north of Beta Street, to 43rd Street
in San Diego. It then turns southeasterly to the adopted route for the future I-805 at Division Street in National City.

This was supposed to act as the north end of an I-5 bypass around National City and Chula Vista, utilizing I-805. According to Andy Field, the huge flyover and approach ramps at the I-805 43rd Street exit are the beginnings of this planned freeway, which was killed locally in 1980. A redevelopment project later resulted in a grocery store (Northgate Market Plaza, as of 2020) at the terminus of the off-ramp. Behind this shopping area lies abandoned right-of-way that not been developed. Overgrown with weeds, this swath of land clearly shows the path Route 252 would have taken across the Southcrest community to meet I-5. These ramps were built around 1974-75, long before the rest of the California 252 project would have been started. These ramps still show up as part of Route 252 in the CalTrans Photologs in 2001. Several widened bridges and ramps at the I-15/Route 15 junction clearly show that future expansion for the Route 252 connection was envisioned.

Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

This was part of LRN 283, defined in 1959. It appears to have been near 8th Street.

Naming Naming

El Toyon Freeway, Southcrest Freeway

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Freeway Freeway

Originally to have been freeway; later deleted from SHC 253.1.

Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1947, Chapter 1449 extended the definition of LRN 252 to include “the highway from San Leandro to Oakland via Alameda and the Posey Tube”, noting that this segment “is part of [LRN 252]”. However, the problem was that LRN 252 did not exist at the time. In 1949, Chapter 1422 repealed the erroneous section, and created the route as an extension of LRN 226.

The real LRN 252 was created in 1959 by Chapter 1062, with the definition “[LRN 69] near Nicasio to [LRN 1] near Novato”. This runs from present-day Route 251 to US 101, and is an unconstructed portion of Route 37.

Acronyms and Explanations:

Back Arrow Route 251 Forward Arrow Route 253

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