California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Friday, March 13, 2009

Contact: Construction Information Officer Antoinette Meier

Phone: (619) 688-6670

New Express Lanes on Interstate 15 Open for Users on Monday

SAN DIEGO – The newest portion of the Interstate 15 (I-15) Express Lanes between Centre City Parkway in Escondido and Rancho Bernardo Road in San Diego will be open for the Monday morning commute, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

This latest 3.5-mile portion brings the total to eight miles of new I-15 Express Lanes open to drivers, stretching from Centre City Parkway south to State Route 56/Ted Williams Parkway.  The Monday morning commute will also feature the opening of a Direct Access Ramp (DAR) from Del Lago Boulevard to the southbound Express Lanes.  A similar DAR, a new transit station and a new express bus service are expected to open in Rancho Bernardo later this month.  For more information regarding the new express bus service please contact the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System at www.sdmts.com.

The newest I-15 Express Lanes will feature two lanes in each direction and connect with the Express Lanes that opened last September from Rancho Bernardo Road south to SR-56/Ted Williams Parkway.  Drivers traveling southbound on I-15 may enter the new segment of Express Lanes at an access point just south of Centre City Parkway. An additional I-15 access point for southbound travelers is the Del Lago DAR.  Northbound travelers may enter the new Express Lanes after Rancho Bernardo Road and must exit at Centre City Parkway.

The I-15 Express Lanes are free for carpools, vanpools, motorcycles, public transit vehicles, and specially permitted clean air vehicles. Single occupant vehicles must pay a fee using the FasTrak system. The FasTrak fee fluctuates from 50 cents up to $8, depending on factors like distance traveled and the amount of traffic in the new lanes.

Construction for all three segments of I-15 stretching from State Route 163 to State Route 78 is scheduled for completion in 2012 at a total cost of about $1.3 billion.

For more information on the I-15 Express Lanes project or the other segments of construction, please visit www.keepsandiegomoving.com.

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