California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Friday, April 30, 2010

Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Long-Term Closure Set For Monday On State Route 76 Project

SAN DIEGO – Access from Jeffries Ranch Road to State Route 76 (SR-76) will be closed starting Monday morning at 7, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).  Motorists can avoid delays during their weekday commutes by using Melrose Drive to access SR-76

Caltrans coordinated the closure with the city of Oceanside, area emergency services and the school district.

The closure will allow the following work to move forward:

  • Relocation of water and sewer lines for the city;
  • Temporary relocation of utility lines;
  • Saw-cutting of the pavement;
  • Cut and fill the slopes;
  • Earthwork and paving of the new eastbound lanes and
  • Final relocation of the utility lines.

The future westbound lanes of SR-76 will be constructed after the detour is in place.  The final stages of this work will include the construction of a median barrier and all final road striping.  The project contractor is responsible for the construction schedule and information will be provided to the public as soon as it becomes available.

“The project cannot move forward without this planned closure.  The closure is separate from the ongoing discussions with the city regarding Jeffries Ranch Road access to SR-76,” said Project Manager Mark Phelan.  “This work is necessary to keep the project on schedule and within budget.”

The SR-76 Middle Project calls for widening the highway to four lanes from Melrose Drive in Oceanside to South Mission Road in the community of Bonsall at a cost of $171.4 million.  The project is expected to be completed in late 2012.

For additional information or questions contact the Caltrans Public Information Office at 619-688-6670. Additional information can also be found on line at keepsandiegomoving.com or dot.ca.gov/dist11.

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