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

District 11

Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

Contact: Caltrans Public Information Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson & City of San Diego Public Information Supervisor Bill Harris (858) 541-4354

Phone: (619) 688-6670


Construction Closes Cabrillo Bridge Deck to Vehicles Balboa Park Institutions Remain Open

SAN DIEGO –State and City officials gathered at the Cabrillo Bridge today to highlight the beginning of construction work on the bridge deck, also known as the Laurel Street overcrossing.  During the course of the work from January 2 through April 30, vehicles will not be permitted on the bridge, but pedestrians and bicyclists walking their bikes will have continued access through narrow walkways. 

“Visitors will see construction crews begin the four-month endeavor to repair the roadway, sidewalks and barriers as well as install fiber optic conduits and upgrade the drainage system along the nearly 770-foot-long bridge,” said Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.  “Our goal is to complete this needed work well in advance of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration in 2015,”

The work is part of the $38 million Cabrillo Bridge (Laurel Street Overcrossing) Retrofit and Rehabilitation Project to upgrade the structural integrity of the bridge making it stronger in case of an earthquake and preserving it for years to come.  The improvement plan ensures that the historic bridge structure and surrounding areas are protected as the work progress. 

Caltrans is overseeing the project but the bridge is owned by the City of San Diego.

“As a lifelong San Diegan, I’m glad that this landmark is receiving an investment so that it can safely and beautifully last for the next generation,” said Interim Mayor Todd Gloria.

Meanwhile, it’s business as usual for the Balboa Park institutions during construction.

“The museums and theatre that make up the west end of the Balboa Park will remain open and active, continuing to provide the exciting events, enriching activities, and unique cultural experiences that our visitors have always enjoyed.” explained Jessica Hanson York, Director of Marketing and Visitor Experience for the Meingei International Museum.

For more information on this and other state transportation projects, log on to  Real-time construction and traffic information is also available on Twitter @SDCaltrans.  Information about how to access Balboa Park may be found at:

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