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SANDAG To Close Nobel Drive To Pour Concrete For Future Trolley Bridge

Map of the Nobel Drive closure. The street will be closed Wednesday night, Se...

Credit: SANDAG

Above: Map of the Nobel Drive closure. The street will be closed Wednesday night, Sept. 4, through Thursday morning, Sept. 5 for crews to pour concrete for the Midcoast Trolley line.

The San Diego Association of Governments will close Nobel Drive and the southbound Interstate 5 on-ramp from Nobel Drive Wednesday to pour concrete for a new trolley bridge.

Work crews will close the street from 10 p.m. Wednesday evening to 5 a.m. Thursday morning and the on-ramp from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The closure of Nobel Drive will span from the I-5 overpass to the entrances of the Shops at La Jolla Village and the La Jolla Village Square shopping center, according to SANDAG.

The closures are required to pour concrete on a trolley bridge above Nobel Drive. Work on the trolley bridge began in June. During the closures, crews will maintain public access to the entrances of the two shopping centers. The closure windows are subject to change due to the project's complexity, according to SANDAG.

The closures are part of the $2.17 billion Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line Extension, which includes a planned 11-mile extension of trolley service by San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System from Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to University City.

The extension will add trolley stops in Mission Bay Park, UC San Diego and Westfield UTC. SANDAG is receiving $1.04 billion in funding from the Federal Transit Administration to complete the project.

The extension and related projects are intended to reduce traffic congestion as the county's population increases. Construction on the extension began in 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

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