June 26, 2014
The Laurel Street overcrossing atop the Cabrillo Bridge was re-opened to vehicular traffic on June 2 as part of ceremony hosted by City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman. The opening of the bridge deck signaled the halfway point of construction on the Cabrillo Bridge/Laurel Street Overcrossing Project, according to Berman. She added that there is still a lot of work remaining to update the regional landmark to meet current seismic standards.
Although mostly out of view, crews are continuing interior work to remove wood forms, install access catwalks and repair deteriorated concrete. The tasks will not interfere with access to Balboa Park.
Periodic sidewalk and one-way lane closures on the bridge will be needed in the upcoming weeks and will take place with minimal impacts.
Motorists on State Route 163 will start to see new landscaping alongside the bridge towards the end of the year. The addition of artistic up-lights under the bridge arch spans will be completed in time for the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration in 2015.
Nighttime closures on State Route 163 will be scheduled to remove scaffolding and falsework as the project winds down. The concrete k-rail barriers along the highway will also be removed and the striping returned to the original configuration.
As we near completion of this project to preserve this grand structure for future generations, we ask for your continued patience and your diligence to obey traffic laws that are in place to keep our workers safe while they work in, on and around this bridge.
Caltrans will continue to provide monthly updates and as needed for special alerts.
Go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/cabrillo/ for more information about the project.
Questions may be addressed to Caltrans Media Relations Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson at Cathryne.Bruce-Johnson@dot.ca.gov or by phone at (619) 688-6670 and to the City of San Diego Supervising Public Information Officer Bill Harris at BillHarris@sandiego.gov, phone (858) 541-4354.