San Diego

Permanent Change Made to NB SR-163/EB Friars Road Interchange

The City of San Diego just changed how commuters will get from State Route 163 to Friars Road.

The ramp that used to take drivers from northbound SR-163 to eastbound Friars Road was closed permanantly Tuesday night. 

Starting at 5 a.m. Wednesday, all motorists will use the the westbound Friars Road off-ramp and continue to eastbound Friars through a newly installed traffic light.

Construction crews have been working on the SR-163 between Interstate 8 and Genesee Avenue since 2017. Phase 1 of the SR-163/Friars Road Interchange Project costs $40 million and is funded by the city of San Diego.

Caltrans is working the project, which is meant to improve traffic in the area, provide better access for bicyclists and pedestrians and ease the interchange between SR-16, Friars Road and I-8. 

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