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Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park closed to cars until April 2014

Video by Katie Schoolov

One of San Diego’s signature architectural monuments is in the midst of a $38 million facelift. The Cabrillo bridge is a gateway to the heart of Balboa Park, but the span is being closed to cars temporarily.

SAN DIEGO — The Laurel Street overpass to Balboa Park will be closed to vehicular traffic for four months during a $38 million rehabilitation and retrofit project to Cabrillo Bridge that starts on New Year's Day, according to Caltrans.

Caltrans officials said that pedestrian and bicycle access will be uninterrupted during bridge construction.

The portion of state Route 163 under the bridge will be minimally impacted.

Work is being done to enhance the structural integrity of the bridge and to improve safety bringing the bridge up current earthquake standards. Bridge accessibility will also be improved while the historically significant structure is preserved.

Vehicle traffic on the bridge is being rerouted from January to April to allow work crews access to the bridge.

Caltrans plans to preserve access across the bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists via a narrow walkway.

The project is expected to be done before the Balboa Park 2015 Centennial celebration.

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