Camp Pendleton Project Making Progress

Officials Looking At Ways To Ease Potential Traffic Issues

Military officials are taking steps to help San Diego drivers avoid traffic problems that might be caused by a major Camp Pendleton project.

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A new hospital construction project at Camp Pendleton is now more than 50 percent complete and two months ahead of schedule.

"Since the beginning of the year, we have done $1 million worth of construction each day we've been here," said project director Carlos Gonzales.

The parking garage is finished, the utilities are in and the lights are on in some of the exam rooms.

More than 1,000 people a day are expected to come into the facility when opened, which means the main roadway into the base will have to be altered to keep congestion at a minimum.

"We're going to add a lane, but during construction we will have to re-route traffic in the morning and evening," said Lt. Tim Nelis with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

The plan is to take a page from the Coronado Bay Bridge and have a movable lane to help traffic into the base in the morning and exit the base in the afternoon.

Work on the traffic lanes is due to start in a couple of weeks. While more than halfway there, Gonzales said he is most proud that of the more than one million man-hours of construction there hasn't been one minute of time lost due to an accident.

The new hospital plans to open for business by January 2014.

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