ESCONDIDO (CNS) - Demolition was expected to get under way Sunday night on the Nordahl Road overpass above state Route 78, forcing a freeway closure between San Marcos and Escondido, according to Caltrans engineers.
Demolition of the eastern half of the bridge will close Route 78 starting about 10 p.m. tonight and each of the next four nights. The freeway lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, then over the same hours the following four nights, Caltrans spokesman Matt Norton said.
Overnight motorists on Route 78 will be forced to exit and then reenter the freeway on the Nordahl ramps, causing traffic congestion on both the freeway and the busy overpass itself, Norton said.
The nighttime demolition work was also expected to generate noise in the area, Norton said.
The new Nordahl Road bridge will be 5 feet higher above the freeway, to allow for taller trucks to pass underneath. The bridge would also be one lane wider, and new ramps will eventually be built.
The project is expected to be completed this fall.