Auxiliary lanes open on SR-78: Project part of 2-year highway improvement program for North County

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Drivers are noticing faster commute times Wednesday with the opening of new lanes on eastbound state Route 78 near the Nordahl Road exit.

The lanes aim to help motorists move with more ease on the highway, which is considered to be among the region's most congested during rush hour.

One extra lane is open between Woodland Parkway and Barham Drive and two more are between Barham Drive and Nordahl Road.

The lanes are part of a two-year highway improvement program for North County and cost more than $40 million.

10News spoke with Dorie Mendoza, who said driving on SR-78 is part of her daily commute.

"There's always traffic, people are always stopped near the Nordahl exit here," said Mendoza.

She said Wednesday's ride was much easier.

"Today, it's open," she said. "There's a lot more lanes and it's way easier to get in and out of this exit.

Caltrans says, each day more than 80,000 cars pass through this specific area.

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