Stretch of SR-52 to close for repairs

Posted at 6:31 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 22:04:52-04

A stretch of state Route 52 near will be closed this week for much-needed repairs.

Caltrans will initiate repairs to the westbound side of SR-52 on Wednesday and Thursday nights, closing the freeway between Interstate 15 and Convoy Street from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The divided highway was built over the southern end of the Miramar Landfill and sections sink unevenly, creating a danger to drivers.

At highway speeds, it can bounce you around.

Driver Ashley Dwyer is well aware, telling 10News, "You're usually going to hit some speed and catch some air on those bumps there."

The problems with this particular stretch of freeway dates back nearly 20 years.

In 2012, two teens died when the drivers lost control of their cars along the stretch. Speeds exceeded 100 mph and there was some heavy partying as well that night, but there was also some blame aimed at road conditions.

Lawyers documented more than 350 accidents over a 10-year period.

Tim Tyler, who drives for Uber and is very familiar with the challenges on this stretch of SR-52, "Plenty of bounces as you go toward Convoy, right in the middle of 52 and it many times over feels like you're going to bottom out; you hit hard even at average speeds, 60 to 70."

Caltrans said the asphalt being laid over the next two nights is the same basic material and process that's been done every two or three years. It is far from the permanent fix they're trying to find.