Construction to Begin on Busy Freeway Connector

A two and a half year construction project begins next week in the Old Town/Mission Valley area

A major project to reduce traffic at one of San Diego’s busiest freeway connectors is slated to begin next week.

The $24 million project will add a northbound lane and auxiliary lanes to Interstate 5 between Interstate 8 and Sea World Drive, according to Cal Trans. A lane will also be added to westbound I-8 at the northbound I-5 connector.

Where I-5 meets II-8 in the Old Town area often becomes a bottleneck during the morning rush hour.

Caltrans said the expansion will ease access to the downtown area and Mission Valley, and to attractions, such as SeaWorld, Mission Bay Park, Old Town, UC San Diego and USD.

Now, Caltrans officials are asking drivers for their patience.

“There’s going to be a lot of detours as we widen the connector so that we can add an extra lane there. So it’s going to require people to really be alert because the conditions today may be a little different from tomorrow or next week,” said Laurie Berman, District 11 Director for the California Department of Transportation.

The projected is scheduled to be completed in December 2016.

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