Historic Cabrillo Bridge to remain closed to vehicle traffic longer

Surprises keep popping up in Cabrillo Bridge

SAN DIEGO - A local historic landmark will not be returning to normal anytime soon.

The Cabrillo Bridge, which leads visitors into San Diego’s Balboa Park, is expected to remain closed to vehicle traffic until the end of the summer.

CalTrans said Tuesday construction crews keep finding debris and water inside the bridge. They are currently working on a $38 million project to refurbish and retrofit the bridge, also known as the Laurel Street Bridge, to withstand up to a 7.0 earthquake.

“Crews are working in there extra shifts. Crews are working in there by hand, and it’s just taking a little bit longer than we thought,” said city of San Diego Parks and Recreation spokesman Bill Harris.

The bridge was supposed to reopen at the end of April. A CalTrans spokeswoman said it might take until the end of the summer.

“It’s a hundred years old,” said Harris. “Every time you touch something that’s a hundred years old, you find out something new about it.”

In the meantime, Harris said the number of visitors to the museums inside Balboa Park has dipped very slightly.

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