|This weekend, two major roadway projects could make driving in the South Bay – especially Chula Vista – quite challenging! Residents are encouraged to find alternate routes and be prepared for potential massive traffic jams.
On Sunday, August, 18, Caltrans will close a seven-mile stretch of I-805 in both directions from SR 54 in Chula Vista to SR 905 in Otay Mesa. DARmageddon is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday, August 19. During that time, crews will demolish the East Palomar Street bridge, which will eventually be replaced by another bridge, direct carpool access ramps (DAR), a transit station and park and ride.
Drivers will be asked to take either the I-5 or the SR 125 toll road, also known as the South Bay Expressway, which will be toll-free during that time. Plan ahead as traffic is expected to be congested on those roads. For more information about the upcoming closure, go to: www.keepsandiegomoving.com/steerclear.
And on the west side of town, the second phase of the Blue Line Stations and Rail Rehabilitation project will require the J Street trolley crossing area in Chula Vista be completely closed from 10 p.m. Friday, August 16, to 6 a.m. on Monday, August 19. The road closure will physically be at the railroad/trolley tracks where they cross J Street. Track installation will be from just south of H Street to just north of L Street, (but only blocking J Street). The rails, which are one solid piece of steel, are 1600 feet long and are coming in on a train that is 2000 feet long! The road cannot be reopened until these new rails are installed, and the massive train – almost one half of a mile in length – cannot be moved until this operation is completed. Then the train will be reloaded with the old rails which will be melted down at a steel mill and made into new rails for future use elsewhere in the country.
The ramps to I-5 freeway to and from J Street will remain open, but only accessible from Bay Boulevard to the west of the freeway. Traffic wanting to access the freeway from east of the J Street trolley crossing will be detoured to either H or L Street which will be open.
So, what are your options? Chula Vista residents are advised to stay home! Have a BBQ with the neighbors, play Monopoly with the family, clean out the garage, or take a nice long walk in our beautiful City!
Posted: August 16, 2013