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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:

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

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