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Sandia Creek gate is closed

One needs a gate pass card to travel road in both directions

Drivers who cut through Fallbrook, Sandia Creek and DeLuz on their way to Temecula or I-15, are in for a surprise today because they will no longer have access to the privately-owned and maintained Sandia Creek Road. The Gates are locked and no one has access without a pass.

"As of 8 a.m. this morning the gates are closed," said Alma Carpenter, secretary of the Sandia Creek Road committee. "The fire department did an extensive review of the gate and (how it will work) and they know they can open and close it."

The 2.2 miles of road are solely owned and maintained by the Sandia Creek home and land owners. The County of San Diego is not involved.

"We tried working with the county for years." Carpenter said. The county told them it would cost $18 million to repair the road and make it within their guidelines.

The county study revealed that 80-percent of the vehicles traveling Sandia Creek Road were out-of-area drivers.

"The only solution the county has given us was to close traffic from coming through, " Carpenter explained, adding the county required that two gates be installed at north and south.

According to statistics, 4,000 to 5,000 vehicles have used Sandia Creek each day over the years, to avoid I-15 northbound and check point.

With the increase of drug and human trafficking, Sandia Creek Road and residents have had to deal with high speed crashes, dead bodies dumped out there and even cars with dead bodies in them dumped, she explained. Residents were tired of it all and the costs were mounting.

The increase in crime and traffic events also alarmed residents of Sandia Creek because of their liability in owning and maintaining the road. They had to do something. The county advised them on installing a gate.

"The owners have already paid for road expenses and maintenance over the years," Carpenter said.

Gate pass cards are being sold for $588. The proceeds will help pay for road maintenance and upkeep and the gate maintenance.

"Everyone in Rock Mountain, Gavilan and DeLuz, bought a pass," Carpenter said.

All essential services, such as sheriff, North County Fire, the postal service, and utility services have access.

Farm owners on Sandia Creek have a way to let workers in. Home delivery services will contact people on their routes to be let in.

There is a way to call from the gate to a resident.

If you need an annual pass, check out


Reader Comments(1)

trisha832 writes:

Im so glad they did that!! They might wsnt to offer a day and pay pasd too or weekly/monthly for people that use the road for work purposes or just out for a beautiful drive ?? Something to think about

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