Bridge Work to Begin Sunday, Will Close Lanes at Night

A portion of the Coronado Bridge.

One lane on each side of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge will be closed nightly beginning Sunday to replace machinery and barriers that separate inbound and outbound traffic, officials with the state Department of Transportation said

Here’s the details:

  • Caltrans’ work will be performed between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and is expected to take up to two weeks to complete. The work is taking place at night because of high traffic during the day.
  • No work will take place Aug. 5 or 6.
  • The closure also will affect Interstate 5. Northbound ramps to and from the bridge, as well as the connector from the bridge to Cesar Chavez Parkway/Logan Avenue will be closed and detours posted.
  • The new machine is like the one used on Interstate 15, so they can be switched out if necessary, according to the city. 

The moveable concrete barrier was last replaced 18 years ago. It is moved four times a day  Monday through Friday and for special events on weekends. It takes about 35 minutes to move on a typical day.

To prepare for the project, workers stockpiled the new barrier sections in the open area near the toll plaza, city officials said.    

The new machine is a single unit capable of moving the barrier in one process rather than the previous practice in which two machines were used, with each shifting the barrier half way.