April 23, 2024
Detour indicators on southbound I-5 on Saturday morning. Courtesy Caltrans

A serious stretch of southbound Interstate 5 stays closed till Monday morning to restore a bridge deck over Route 163, prompting warnings to drivers to hunt alternate routes.

“Upkeep crews are out repairing guardrail, patching bridge spalls, and performing bridge inspection throughout this weekend’s I-5 downtown closure,” Caltrans mentioned.

The southbound freeway was closed at 9 p.m. Friday from Interstate 8 by means of downtown to only earlier than Route 94 and won’t reopen till 5 a.m. Monday.

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The affected space for the southbound I-5 closure in downtown San Diego. Picture credit score: Caltrans

Southbound autos are being diverted onto eastbound Interstate 8, then south on both Route 163 or Interstate 805, relying on the motive force’s vacation spot.

At the very least one lane of southbound I-5 will stay accessible from on- ramps south of I-8 for restricted native and airport visitors, in accordance with Caltrans.

Drivers headed to San Diego Worldwide Airport have been suggested to take Route 163 and comply with indicators to the airport.

Caltrans shall be performing an identical closure on the northbound facet of I-5 on the finish of the month.

“This proactive work will make sure the structural integrity of the I-5 bridge by means of downtown for years to return,” mentioned Caltrans District Director Gustavo Dallarda mentioned. “Throughout these two closure weekends, please keep away from utilizing I-5 by means of downtown and journey on alternate routes like SR-163, I-805 and SR-15.”