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Speed limit to be reduced to 55 MPH along 8-mile stretch of Interstate 5 in North County

Posted at 11:41 AM, Mar 08, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - State transportation officials announced a speed limit reduction for a lengthy stretch of Interstate 5 in the North County.

Caltrans said the speed limit between Manchester Avenue in Encinitas and Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad will be dropped from 65 MPH to 55 MPH during the “Build NCC” construction project.

The speed limit reduction for the eight-mile stretch starts March 11 at midnight, Caltrans officials said, and it is “designed to increase the safety of the traveling public and highway workers during construction.”

Anyone who is caught speeding in the construction zone will receive a fine that is double the normal amount. Caltrans, California Highway Patrol, SANDAG and local leaders want drivers to be what they call “Work Zone Alert.”

“We’re building new carpool lanes from Solana Beach to Carlsbad,” said Alan Kosup, Caltrans’ I-5 Corridor Director. “We’ve re-striped the lanes, the lanes are narrower, shoulders are narrower, and we’ve added a new barrier in the middle. As a component of that we need people to slow down in the construction zone.”

The 55 MPH speed limit will be in effect until 2022.

“We’re going to be heavily enforcing the area with additional units, overtime units, as well as the normal units down here paying very close attention to speed violations,” said CHP Officer Mark Latulippe.

Signs alerting drivers of the speed limit change will be placed at various locations along I-5, officials said.

According to Caltrans, Build NCC is “a collaboration between Caltrans and SANDAG, and part of the first phase of the comprehensive and integrated North Coast Corridor (NCC) Program.”