California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Friday, March 25, 2011

Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

I-805 Southbound Auxiliary Lanes Project Opens To Motorists

SAN DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today that construction workers are putting the finishing touches on a project that will add a pair of auxiliary lanes on southbound Interstate 805, from State Route 54 to Bonita Road in Chula Vista. 

The addition of the two new lanes is expected to help reduce current and future traffic congestion through the area and allow an easier weave movement for motorists between SR-54 and Bonita Road.  The project has a construction price tag of $14 million, which includes $9 million in federal stimulus money and $5 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.

An additional feature of the project is the widening of the Bonita Road undercrossing and new ramp meters at Sweetwater Road, Bonita Road and the connector from westbound SR-54 to southbound I-805.  These improvements will be open to traffic this weekend.

“The partnership on this project between Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration delivered a much-needed transportation improvement, and helped sustain economic vitality for the region,” said Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.  “These new lanes will make a difference in this area during the evening commute.”

Berman added that construction on the auxiliary lanes began in October 2009.

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