El Cajon receives federal grants for traffic safety

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

by Rick Griffin

The City of El Cajon has been awarded three grants totaling $1.57 million from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program for infrastructure-related improvements to make roadways safer and improve traffic flow. Projects receiving the federal aid include:
— The Avocado Avenue-Ballantyne Street corridor: installation of two miles of fiber-optic traffic signal cable to connect traffic signals at seven intersections; installation of 10 street lights to improve nighttime roadway visibility; and, the replacement of traffic sensors with new technology that better detects vehicles waiting for a green light.
— Traffic signal indication upgrades at 57 intersections involving the use of larger 12-inch-diameter LEDs to improve visibility of red, yellow and green lights.
— The Fletcher Parkway-Broadway corridor: installation of 10 miles of fiber-optic traffic signal cable to connect 19 existing traffic signals and allow views of real-time traffic at a management center at City Hall.