Construction Update

February 2014


If you watch enough home improvement television then you know that when remodeling an older structure of any kind there is bound to be a few unexpected issues that have an impact on the schedule for a finished product. Such is the case with the century-old Cabrillo Bridge.

It was announced this week that the completion of the Laurel Street deck portion of the Cabrillo Bridge Retrofit and Rehabilitation Project will be pushed back a few weeks—from a spring to summer opening. The main reasons for the delay involve the necessary removal of more debris and water than originally thought from the confined workspace inside the bridge and gaining the necessary access to all portions of the span to install the retrofit solutions. Portions of the work inside the bridge must be completed before construction can continue on the bridge deck. It will take a bit longer than originally planned, but in the end it will be well worth the effort to preserve the iconic bridge for the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration in 2015, and for generations to come.

The project team expects to have a more definitive timeline before the end of March.

Meanwhile, daytime work is set Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Night work will continue Sunday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Scaffolding has been placed along the outside of the bridge for ongoing concrete and pressure rinse operations. Crews continue to install a vertical post tension system and reinforce walls inside the columns. Once the column work is completed, the Crown Joints will be sealed and a horizontal post tension system will be installed inside the bridge deck for seismic strength.

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

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

Questions may be addressed 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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