California Department of Transportation District 11 & San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

Contact: Caltrans Public Information Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson

Phone: (619) 688-6670


Northbound State Route 163 (A Street to Washington Street) Closed Wednesday Night

SAN DIEGO – Caltrans alerts motorists that northbound State Route 163 will be closed from downtown to Washington Street on Wednesday night from 10 until 5 the next morning.  The closure is required for ongoing work on the Laurel Street/Cabrillo Bridge rehabilitation and seismic retrofit project.  The closure will allow construction crews to safely install concrete barriers to protect the bridge columns and create another construction entrance to the work zone.

Detour signs will be placed at all entrance points and on-ramps to the effected stretch of freeway at least 24 hours in advance of the closure.

In addition to the freeway closure, sidewalks along the Laurel Street/Cabrillo Bridge will also be closed intermittently one side at a time beginning Wednesday so that crews can access the interior of the bridge to remove wood frame work.  The intermittent closures will continue through December. Signs will be placed during the closures alerting pedestrians to use the open side.

Caltrans and the City of San Diego are partners for the rehabilitation and seismic retrofit of the Cabrillo Bridge (Laurel Street Overcrossing) over SR-163.  Laurel Street is the bridge road deck that leads into the west side of Balboa Park from 6th Avenue. 

Please note that the project will require the bridge to be closed to vehicular traffic from January through April.

Work on the roadway/deck surface will be conducted in stages allowing for pedestrians and bicyclists to access the park through clearly-marked passageways either on the right, left or center of the road.

PLEASE NOTE Park museums and vendors will remain open to the public during the construction period.

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