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Source: CalTrans

May 17, 2018 (San Diego) --  Construction crews will close all lanes of northbound State Route 163 (SR-163) between Interstate 8 and Genesee Avenue Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday night from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. The closure is needed so can remove the bridge abutments on the Friars Road overcrossing including the sign panels. The work closure includes the possibility of closing all lanes of southbound SR-163, within the same project limits, Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. At no time will the freeway close in both directions at the same time. The work is part of the SR-163 Friars Road Interchange Project. 

Crews will begin closing some of the freeway lanes at 7 p.m., with all lanes closing by 11:30 p.m. Also beginning at 7 p.m., the Friars Road overcrossing will be reduced to one lane in each direction with no pedestrian access or detour. The closure also includes the eastbound and westbound I-8 connector ramps to northbound SR-163.  In addition, the eastbound Friars Road on-ramp to northbound SR-163 will be closed. The Genesee on-ramp to northbound SR-163 will remain open.

All northbound SR-163 motorists will be detoured to eastbound I-8 to northbound I-805 to the merge at northbound SR-163. An updated news release will be sent Wednesday morning if work switches to southbound SR-163.  Note: If the southbound lanes close on Wednesday night, all southbound motorists will be detoured to southbound I-805 to westbound I-8 to the southbound SR-163 connector ramp.

Residents and businesses in the area will hear jackhammering and truck back-up alarms during this nightwork. Caltrans staff apologizes for this inconvenience in advance.

The $40 million project will widen the SR-163 Friars Road overcrossing as well as improve the SR-163 on- and off-ramps. In addition, a southbound SR-163 auxiliary lane just north of the Friars Road off-ramp will be constructed.

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