A Caltrans crew repairing a highway. Courtesy Caltrans

The San Diego Association of Governments and Caltrans will complete overnight road work from 9 p.m. Wednesday evening to 5 a.m. Wednesday morning in both north and south county.

In Cardiff-by-the-Sea, work crews will paint road striping on San Elijo Avenue between Kilkenny and Aberdeen drives. The work is one of the last touches on the San Elijo Lagoon Double Track project, which was functionally completed in May.

The $76.8 million project added 1.5 miles of a second rail line between Cardiff and the San Elijo Lagoon, a new concrete rail bridge over the lagoon to replace a wooden single-track bridge, and various infrastructure improvements along the new rail section.

The double track project is part of SANDAG’s Build NCC (North Coast Corridor) program, a 40-year, $700 million effort to repair and expand vehicle and rail transportation infrastructure throughout the county. Once completed, the county anticipates adding a total of 13 miles of new carpool and high- occupancy vehicle freeway lanes, 1 1/2 miles of doubled railroad track, seven miles of bike and pedestrian paths and more than 1,200 acres of restored and preserved coastal habitat land.

In National City, crews will close one lane on northbound Interstate 805 between Sweetwater and Bonita roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. as well as the freeway’s connecting ramps to eastbound and westbound state Route 54 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. The closures are necessary to make safety improvements to the ramps at the interchange.

According to SANDAG, residents who live near the interchange are advised to expect various construction noises and the use of heavy machinery during the nighttime work periods. Motorists seeking to access Route 54 will be detoured to Plaza Boulevard, at which point they’ll continue on southbound I- 805 to get to Route 54.

The work is part of the $42 million I-805 South Corridor Enhancement Project series, which is intended to improve freeway traffic flows between East Naples Street in Chula Vista and Route 54. Work crews plan to eventually make improvements to the Sweetwater River Bridge and finish the installation of sound wall segments along I-805 to reduce noise pollution that affects residents living near the freeway.

–City News Service

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