California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans Announces Long-Term Closure on SR-76

SAN DIEGO – The State Route 76 Middle Project is moving forward with its first major push in construction just around the corner, and featuring the long-term closure of Jeffries Ranch Road.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) said that while it continues to work with the city of Oceanside to determine if a change to the planned cul-de-sac at Jeffries Ranch Road is appropriate, it will close the road in the coming weeks as part of the planned construction of the highway.

Caltrans Project Manager Mark Phelan said Jeffries Ranch Road is expected to remain closed for up to two years.  He added that the closure is being coordinated with area emergency services and the school district.

“It’s important to note that the project cannot move forward without this planned closure, and that it is separate from the ongoing discussions regarding Jeffries Ranch Road,” Phelan said.  “This work is necessary to keep the project on schedule and within budget.”

The construction of this first detour will allow the following work to move forward:

  • Relocation of water and sewer lines for the city;
  • Temporary relocation of utility lines;
  • Saw-cutting of the pavement;
  • Cut and fill the slopes;
  • Earthwork and paving of the new eastbound lanes and
  • Final relocation of the utility lines.

The future westbound lanes will be constructed after this detour is in place.  The final stages of this work will include the construction of a median barrier and all final road striping.  The project contractor is responsible for the construction schedule and information will be provided to the public as soon as it becomes available.

The SR-76 Middle Project calls for widening the highway to four lanes from Melrose Drive in Oceanside to South Mission Road in the community of Bonsall at a cost of $171.4 million.  The project is expected to be completed in late 2012.

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