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A two year campaign to improve transit along the frequently congested SR-78 highway in North County ended yesterday (May 1) with the opening of two new eastbound lanes to traffic, one beginning at Woodland Parkway and the second beginning at Barham Drive running east to Nordahl Road.

The cities of San Marcos and Escondido worked with SANDAG and Caltrans to complete the $41.1 million project, which also included westbound lanes, replacement of the Nordahl bridge over the freeway, and replacement of the Barham on-ramp.

“We’re pleased that these new lanes are opening and look forward to the traffic relief they will provide,” said San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond of the project.

The 78 is frequently cited as one of the most congested freeways in the region during rush hour – Caltrans says over 80,000 cars travel on the stretch of road daily.

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