The installation of a traffic signal at the western exit from West Hills High School in Santee is nearing completion, according to Pardee Homes, the developer of a nearby residential community and the City of Santee.
The traffic signal improvement project began as a response to the tragic death of a high school student last May. West Hills High School student Ryan Willweber, 17, died on May 1 when his car was T-boned as he tried to turn left out of the campus onto Mast Boulevard.
Two signs prohibiting left turns were already installed at the high school driveway back in May.
“This traffic signal will be a tremendous benefit to our City, and ensure the safety of our families and children,” said Santee Mayor Randy Voepel in a statement. “We are thankful for Pardee Home’s assistance in coordinating the advanced installation of the signal at this critical intersection.”
Traffic signal poles are expected to be delivered by mid-September followed by signal testing and road striping.
No road closures are expected. The project is expected to be finished by October.