Construction Update

January 28, 2014


As in any major remodeling project, there will be dust, noise and some inconveniences as construction continues on the Historic Cabrillo Bridge Retrofit and Rehabilitation Project at Balboa Park.

Crews began nighttime work to saw cut and jackhammer concrete utility casings. This noisy operation is needed at this time to accommodate multiple contractors all working at the same time and to avoid future construction delays.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank nearby residents and businesses for their understanding during this construction. Caltrans and the city of San Diego are working diligently to complete the project this summer in plenty of time for the Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration.

A major milestone for the project took place as the New Year began with the closing of the Laurel Street Overcrossing to vehicular traffic. This four-month closure will provide time to upgrade the bridge roadway/deck surface, repair the concrete surface, replace utilities and fiber optic conduits, as well as installing a new storm drain system. A layer of lightweight concrete will be poured and then topped with a sand-colored chip seal to closely match the original roadway from 100 years ago.

Pedestrians and folks walking their bikes will continue to have access across the bridge.

The deck work moves forward as a whirlwind of activity continues on the structure itself spanning State Route 163. Scaffolding was placed along the columns and motorists may see netting raised during concrete and pressure rinse operations. Out of view, crews are installing a vertical post tension system inside the columns and reinforcing column walls as part of the seismic retrofit.

Meanwhile, Caltrans and the city of San Diego have been working on public outreach efforts. Activities have included an information booth at the Balboa park December Nights event, a joint news conference with San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria in December and ongoing news coverage.

The next Construction Bulletin will be issued to stakeholders in February or as needed for special updates. More information about the project may be found at

Questions may be address to Caltrans media Relations Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson at or by phone at (619) 688-6670 and to the City of San Diego Supervising Public Information Officer Bill Harris at, phone (858) 541-4354.


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