San Diego traffic: SR-163 lanes in Mission Valley to shut down for construction project

Posted at 9:12 AM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 12:12:54-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Motorists are being urged to prepare for a project in Mission Valley that could lead to a potential traffic nightmare.

Starting 11 p.m. on Sept. 17, all lanes on state Route 163, between Genesee Avenue and Interstate 8, will be shut down as part of a project on the Friars Road bridge.

According to Caltrans officials, all southbound lanes will be closed from 11 p.m.-5 a.m. on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. All northbound lanes will be closed from 11:30 p.m.-5 a.m. on Sept. 19 and Sept. 20.

Caltrans officials said some lanes could begin to close at 7 p.m.

In addition to the SR-163 lane closures, the eastbound and westbound I-8 ramps to northbound SR-163 will be shut down. The eastbound Friars Road on-ramp to northbound SR-163 will also be closed.

Caltrans officials said the Genesee Avenue on-ramp to northbound SR-163 will stay open during construction.

The $40 million construction project aims to widen SR-163 and fix freeway off-ramps. When finished, the fixes and upgrades will help alleviate traffic in the typically busy area and improve safety for bikers and walkers.

General construction work in the area is expected to continue through at least spring 2019.