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Plan emerges to ease San Diego County Fair traffic amid closed road

Posted at 5:11 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 20:52:37-04

DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) — Del Mar Fairgrounds and city officials met Tuesday to devise a traffic plan with one of the main arteries to the venue closed.

Northbound Jimmy Durante Boulevard has been blocked off since a bluff collapse in late April.

The road won't reopen until at least June 4, but the county fair opens May 31.

"People are going to start going back through the neighborhood, or you're just going to sit in line," said Del Mar resident Jim Murff.

Del Mar City Manager Scott Huth said plans include increased signage to instruct fairgoers to stay on Interstate 5 to the Via de la Valle exit.

He said the city would also hire "flaggers" to direct drivers past the stop signs in its beachfront neighborhood, north to Via de la Valle.

"Even with the flaggers that delay is not going to be as efficient as getting off (the freeway) at Via de la Valle," Huth said.

Annie Pierce, a spokeswoman for the fairgrounds, said the fair would operate at least three days while northbound Jimmy Durante Boulevard is closed. She noted, however, that the opening few days of the fair are generally slower.