Crews reopen I-805: Bridge demolition prompted 'DARmageddon'

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Workers reopened a stretch of Interstate-805 Monday.

Crews shut down that part of the freeway, which serves as a critical artery to and from San Diego's South Bay, over the weekend to knock down the East Palomar Street bridge.

“This bridge was built in 1975, it's a young 38 years old,” said Catheryne Bruce-Johnson, a spokesperson from CALTRANS.  “But the time has come and we're making room for a new generation.”

The construction paves the way for a Direct Access Ramp – or DAR – and gave the closure the name 'DAR'mageddon.

On Sunday, the freeway was completely shut down in both directions from state Route 54 to Interstate 905.

“It’s exciting,” said Chula Vista resident Briana Waris and her friend Brady Iverson.  “We walked down here from two blocks away… we just wanted to see what all the commotion was about.”

Some said it was hard to see the bridge go.

“I kind of feel sad because we grew up with this bridge,” said resident Patricia Duarte.  “Crossing it, walking over it with our bikes and everything. But it’s also exciting that something new is going to be coming through the neighborhood."

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