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Crosses removed from highway (Courtesy California Department of Transportation)

Crosses removed from highway (Courtesy: California Department of Transportation)

The state Department of Transportation has removed three crosses that have stood for decades at Inspiration Point just off California Highway 79 outside Julian in northeastern San Diego County, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Workers this week removed the crosses and took them to CalTrans property, officials said. Plans are to relocate the crosses to the Hillside Community Church in Julian about two miles away.

“Pastor Rick Hill offered the church property as a relocation site after CalTrans announced that it planned to remove the crosses because the agency had received complaints from motorists that the crosses were an improper encroachment on public property,” reported the Times.

A “Save Our Crosses” movement, including a candlelight vigil, was unsuccessful.

Supporters of keeping the crosses where they were said that relocating them to church property would decrease their visibility.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob criticized CalTrans for making its decision without a public hearing.

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