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

District 11

Monday March 24, 2014

Contact: Caltrans Media Relations Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson, (619) 688-6670


Night Closures on Southbound State Route 163 Wednesday and Thursday

SAN DIEGO – A full closure is planned for southbound State Route 163 (SR-163) from Interstate 8 (I-8) to the Cabrillo Bridge, also known as the Laurel Street Overcrossing, on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 10 until 5 the next morning.   The closures are needed so that construction crews can safely work on the bridge piers located on the highway median.

The closures include the westbound and eastbound I-8 connector ramps to southbound SR-163 as well as the Robinson Avenue on-ramp, the Washington Street on- and off-ramps, and the University Avenue off-ramp. 

Signs will be placed directing motorists traveling southbound SR-163 to take the westbound I-8 connector onto the southbound I-5 on-ramp to access northbound SR-163.

The Laurel Street Overcrossing will be closed for five nights beginning Monday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. so that crews can safely install and tighten post tension cables inside the Cabrillo Bridge piers beneath the sidewalks. 

Although the sidewalks will be closed to foot traffic during those time periods, accommodations will be made for those needing to cross on an emergency basis.  Daytime access to the park will continue.

Caltrans and the City of San Diego are partners for the rehabilitation and seismic retrofit of the Cabrillo Bridge (Laurel Street Overcrossing) over SR-163.  Laurel Street is the bridge road deck that leads into the west side of Balboa Park from 6th Avenue. It was closed to vehicles beginning Jan. 2 and is expected to open in summer.  Pedestrians and bicyclists walking their bicycles will continue to have access across the bridge except for specified night closures. 

Park museums and vendors will remain open to the public during the construction period.

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.

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