Wildcat Canyon Closure Causes Increased Traffic in Ramona

A single-car collision Sunday on Wildcat Canyon Road left a live wire across the road, causing a road closure.

The U-T San Diego reported a single-car collision with a power pole on Sunday morning, resulting in a road closure for more than a day that significantly increased Ramonan traffic.

According to the publication, a Mercedes sedan hit a power pole just north of Willow Road around 2 a.m. Feb. 10, causing the wood pole to fall and a live wire to splay across the road, entangling at least one passing vehicle.

Utility workers labored through the day and into Sunday evening to repair the damage. Telecommunications equipment also was being restored.

According to SDG&E, 23 customers near Blossom Valley, Baronoa, El Capitan, etc. are out of service because of the downed pole. Estimated restoration time for power to those customers is 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11.

Numerous residents on Ramona Patch's Facebook page said the road closure was causing a significant increase in traffic on Main Street and throughout Ramona.

Nathalie Arruda wrote on Ramona Patch's Facebook wall, "We live right here in the center of town and didn't think we had to worry today because we aren't commuting anywhere, but it took half an hour to drive my son two miles to school!"

California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert at 7 a.m. Monday morning, noting Wildcat Canyon Road was still closed, but expected to be open at 9:30 a.m.

Only the southbound lane of Wildcat Canyon Road was expected to open around 8 a.m. with traffic control in place, according tp CHP.

The driver of the Mercedes, a woman in her 40s, was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the U-T reported.

Have you been experiencing increased traffic Monday morning? Tell us in the comments.

Dawn Fletcher February 11, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Wow. I live near Warnock & Dye Road & couldn't get back home this morning when I was returning from Ramona Fitness Center. I had no idea that this much traffic headed up & down Wildcat Canyon Road mornings & evenings. Unfortunately, I believe this may be a taste of things to come once the Cummings Ranch development goes in....
Tim Roane February 11, 2013 at 05:22 PM
The time it took me to get through Warnock and Dye was the same time it normally takes me to drive to work in La Jolla. It was crazy!
Glenn Younger February 12, 2013 at 06:25 AM
Took over an hour to get from Wildcat and San Vicente to Dye and 67 @ 6AM. Nothing has improved with getting traffic through that intersection since 2007 fire. Major flaw in traffic plan. Hello DPW and sheriff dept. If you want us to believe you have a plan for a safe and quick evacuation, the time to prove it is BEFORE it is life or death. Next time one of the roads out of town is blocked, try out your plan.


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