A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled Thursday for a project that added carpool lanes and direct access ramps on Interstate 805 in San Diego’s Golden Triangle.

Interstate 5 and Interstate 805 split. Photo via Flickr

The $119 million project was designed to relieve traffic in a chronically congested area home to many of San Diego’s high-tech and life sciences companies.

Workers built four miles of carpool lanes from state Route 52 to Mira Mesa Boulevard and a south-facing direct access ramp at Carroll Canyon Road. The ramp will allow carpools, vanpools, permitted clean air vehicles and motorcycles to directly enter and exit carpool lanes without weaving through regular freeway lanes.

The project was funded by the TransNet half-cent sales tax, along with state and federal money.

The facilities are scheduled to open to the public in about a week, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

— City News Service

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