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Interstate 8 (I-8) is an
Interstate Highway in the southwestern United States. From the southern edge of
Mission Bay in
San Diego, California, it runs eastward across the
Cuyamaca Mountains and the
Imperial Valley. Crossing the
Colorado River into
Arizona, it continues through the city of
Yuma across the
Sonoran Desert, to the junction with
Tucson. The first route over the Cuyamaca Mountains was dedicated in 1912, and a
plank road served as the first road across the Imperial Valley to Yuma; east of there, the
Gila Trail continued east to
Gila Bend. Several controversies erupted during I-8's construction process; questionable labor practices in Imperial County led to the federal conviction of
Jimmy Fratianno, and the Arizona government was found to have mismanaged financial resources by a
U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee. The route was completed in 1975 through California, and by 1977 through Arizona, though the bridge over the Colorado River was not completed until 1978. A portion of the freeway in Imperial County had to be rebuilt following damage by the remnants of
Hurricane Kathleen. (
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