An aerial view of the Interstate 5 bridge construction shows the old bridge in the center. Courtesy City of Encinitas

Construction crews will begin demolishing the old Interstate 5 bridge over San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas at night beginning Sunday.

The six-week effort will take place during overnight shifts from Sundays through Thursdays, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Demolition is taking place overnight to ensure the safety of motorists and construction workers along Manchester Avenue.

The work is part of the SANDAG Build North Coast Corridor project, which includes new carpool lanes, rail improvements, bike and pedestrian trails, and restoration of the San Elijo Lagoon.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.