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Cabrillo Bridge Update

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Beginning January 2, 2014 San Diegoís iconic Cabrillo Bridge shifted to pedestrian use only as a much needed upgrade got underway. The bridge, linking Laurel Street to Balboa Park, is receiving a seismic retrofit and rehabilitation including a new road surface and lighting as part of a project being undertaken by the California Department of Transportation on behalf of the City of San Diego. The work is projected to finish by early summer.

As crews work to improve the upper deck and road surface, visitors to Balboa Park will be able to enjoy a car-free walk all the way from Balboa Drive to Park Boulevard. Because access will be limited to sidewalk space, bicyclists will have to dismount as they cross the bridge.

Each of the museums and other institutions near the bridge will be open as usual throughout the project.

This important effort will extend the lifespan of Cabrillo Bridge and will improve the function and appearance of the structure in advance of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration in 2015.

Visitors arriving by car are encouraged to use the large parking lots at Inspiration Point east of Park Boulevard at Presidentís Way. The new green tram system departs from Tram Central, next to the Inspiration Point lots every 10 to 12 minutes. The trams are currently operating daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and follow a loop route, taking passengers to the Plaza de Panama, just seconds from the Balboa Park Visitor Information Center and all the museums and theatres in the Balboa Park West End.

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