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Drivers on I-15 facing nightmare commute

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The commute down Interstate 15 could be far more congested than usual beginning Monday because the express lanes will be closed all week, according to Caltrans.

The closures affect eight miles of car pool lanes from Ted Williams Parkway to Interstate 15, so slowing is possible through Carmel Mountain Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, Mira Mesa and Miramar, agency officials said.

Commuters on buses can also expect delays.

Construction crews shut the lanes to traffic on Saturday so they could create new entry and exit points. When the work is done -- on June 26, there will be two car pool lanes open each direction 24 hours a day.

In a separate project, the southern terminus of the express lanes south of the Interstate 15-state Route 163 interchange will be shut down for three months so workers can make improvements.


POWAY, Calif. (AP) - Severe traffic backups are expected in the next nine days when the express lanes along an eight-mile stretch of Interstate 15 in San Diego County between state Highways 56 and 163 will be closed.

The express lanes are used by buses, carpoolers and fee-paying motorists.

A local news source says the lane closure is scheduled Saturday through June 26.

Officials say about a quarter of the 300,000 vehicles using that part of the interstate everyday use the express lanes.

When work is complete, there will be two new express lanes, doubling the number of express lanes through the area.

By the end of 2011, Caltrans expects to finish a $1.3 billion project that will leave four express lanes along a 20-mile-long corridor between Highways 78 and 63.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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