Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
Contact: Caltrans Public Information Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson
Phone: (619) 688-6670
Night Closures on Southbound SR-163 Scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday
SAN DIEGO – Southbound State Route 163 (SR-163) will be closed Wednesday and Thursday nights at 10 and will reopen at 5 the next morning from Interstate 8 (I-8) to the Cabrillo Bridge (Laurel Street Overcrossing). According to Caltrans, the westbound and eastbound I-8 connector ramps to southbound SR-163, the Robinson Avenue on-ramp, Washington Street on- and off-ramps, and the University Avenue off-ramp will also being closed.
Signs will be placed directing motorists traveling southbound SR-163 to take the westbound I-8 connector onto the southbound I-5 on-ramp to access northbound SR-163.
The closure is needed so workers can modify the concrete barrier in an attempt to increase traffic flow along the Park Boulevard/ Interstate 5 (I-5) connectors.
Periodic sidewalk closures along the Laurel Street bridge deck will begin this week through January so that crews can access the inside of the bridge to remove old wood. The sidewalk will be closed one side at a time with signs placed alerting pedestrians to use the open sidewalk.
Caltrans reminds motorists that the Laurel Street bridge deck will be closed to vehicles from Jan. 2 through April 30. Pedestrians and bicycles will be allowed across the bridge during that time. Caltrans will also occasionally implement late night lane closures along SR-163. Notices for both traffic control efforts will be placed on routes leading to the work site well in advance of any closure.
The $38 million rehabilitation and retrofit project will bring the bridge up to current earthquake safety standards and will include repaving along the roadway leading into Balboa Park. The improvement plan ensures that the historic bridge structure and surrounding areas are protected as the work progress. The project is expected to be complete in summer 2014.
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