Work continues on San Diego’s historic Cabrillo Bridge

January 28, 2014 by  

The second phase of work has begun on the Cabrillo Bridge in San Diego, which crosses California 163 and leads into Balboa Park from the west.

The bridge, which was dedicated in April 1914, was built as an access route to the Panama-California Exposition of 1915, and was intended mostly for pedestrian traffic. Today, it carries auto traffic as well, but remains a narrow, two-lane structure.

The bridge is being retrofitted to meet current safety standards for earthquakes. The work is being done by the city and the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), with the cost of the entire project estimated to be $38m.

According to CALTRANS, as of this month and right through until the end of April, the bridge will be open only to foot traffic. Pedestrians and bicyclists who walk their bikes will be able to cross the bridge via a narrow walking path on one side of the structure. Balboa Park is home to some of the city’s most famous attractions, including museums, art galleries, the Old Globe Theatre, and the San Diego Zoo. These will remain open during the bridge retrofit, which is part of a bigger project scheduled to be completed by this summer.

City and CALTRANS officials stated they expect the work, which began in Fall 2013, to be completely finished well before Balboa Park’s centennial, which will be celebrated in 2015.

City officials could work alongside a postcard printing company to devise material for residents, describing the construction and suggesting other directions into the park.