California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Monday, March 29, 2010

Contact: Construction Information Officer Kara Palmer

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Interstate 15 Traffic Impacted by Construction in Escondido During April and May

SAN DIEGO – Four stages of extended freeway ramp closures will impact traffic on and around Interstate 15 (I-15) in the Escondido area throughout April and May, according to the California Department of Transportation. A list of impacted ramps is provided in this release in the sequence that they are planned to occur, weather permitting. Individual news releases with more detailed information will be distributed prior to each stage of work.

Stage 1 will include extended closures on two ramps. Northbound I-15 at the 9th Avenue on-ramp will be closed for nine days and the Valley Parkway off-ramp will be closed for three days. These closures are expected to begin in early April.

Stage 2 will include extended closures on two ramps. Southbound I-15 at the Valley Parkway on-ramp will be closed for three days and the 9th Avenue off-ramp for 16 days. Although the Valley Parkway on-ramp will re-open after three days, traffic from this ramp will not be able to access the southbound lanes, and will be detoured to the 9th Avenue off-ramp, across the intersection and back to the southbound on-ramp for the following 13 days. These closures are expected to begin in late April.

Stage 3 will include extended closures at two locations. The eastbound State Route 78 (SR-78) connector to southbound I-15 will be closed for three days. The southbound Valley Parkway off-ramp for I-15 motorists will be closed for 16 days. The Valley Parkway off-ramp will only be accessible to traffic coming from SR-78 during this time. These closures are expected to occur in early May.

Stage 4 is the last stage of these closures. Northbound I-15 at the Valley Parkway on-ramp will be closed for three days. Once the on-ramp re-opens, traffic will only be able to access SR-78 for 16 days. These closures are expected to occur in mid May.

All closures will have signed detours to direct motorists. These closures are needed to finish paving work on the outside portions of I-15. Once the outside portions of I-15 are completed, traffic will be shifted onto the newly paved lanes and construction will begin on the new Express Lanes in the median of I-15.

Traffic flow is expected to improve in both the northbound and southbound lanes after this work is complete, due to new areas on the freeway that will be open to traffic. Once construction moves to the median there are also no more planned extended ramp closures, although occasional closures may be necessary.

Stay informed during these months by going online to www.KeepSanDiegoMoving.com to find more information about these closures. Planning alternates routes during these months may also help save you time and avoid frustration. If you do travel in the area, watch out for detour signs and expect short delays. For more information on the closures listed or about the I-15 Express Lanes project, please call the project information hotline at (866) 890-1397.

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