California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Monday, June 15, 2011

Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning

Phone: (619) 668-6670

Commuters Reminded to Expect Delays Next Week Due to Express Lanes Work

SAN DIEGO –The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reminds motorists that beginning on Monday for five consecutive weekdays, severe congestion is expected on Interstate 15 (I-15) during peak commuting hours due to a nine-day closure of the Express Lanes from State Route 56/Ted Williams Parkway to State Route 163.

Commuters are advised to talk with their employers about adjusting their schedules during this week, or seek alterative work options, for Monday through Friday, June 24.

The good news is that when the Express Lanes reopen on Monday, June 27, two lanes in each will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Corridor Director Gustavo Dallarda.

Also on June 27, an additional new entrance to the southbound Express Lanes will be available near Mercy Road/Scripps Poway Parkway. Additional new entrances to the northbound Express Lanes will be available at Miramar Way and Miramar Road. More access points will open as the project progresses this fall. For more than 20 years, the Express Lanes between SR-56 and SR-163 did not have any entrances in this stretch for eight miles.

Also on Monday, June 27, the Express Lanes entrance and exit to and from I-15, just south of the I-15/SR-163 spilt, will be closed for approximately three months while crews conduct important paving, draining and wrap-up work.

Northbound I-15 motorists can access the Express Lanes at the new entrance points just south of Miramar Way or just north of Miramar Road. Additionally, southbound Express Lanes motorists headed to I-15 will need to exit the lanes early at a new exit just south of Miramar Road. Detour signs will be in place to direct motorists to new Express Lanes access points.

Caltrans will make every effort to minimize disruptions to the public during this closure. This work is part of the South Segment of the I-15 Express Lanes. South Segment construction is expected to be completed by late 2011, approximately one year ahead of schedule. For more information on the I-15 Express Lanes project, call the project information hotline at (866) 890-1397 or log-on to www.KeepSanDiegoMoving.com.

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