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City leaders to kick off $110M Mission Bay Bridge project

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - One of San Diego’s busiest thoroughfares that provides access to and from the Pacific Beach and Mission Beach neighborhoods is receiving a makeover.

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, along with City Councilmember Lorie Zapf, announced Wednesday that construction will begin this summer on a major expansion and reconstruction of the West Mission Bay Drive Bridge.

The $110 million project, beginning in July, will replace the existing four-lane bridge with two separate three-lane structures, providing an improved transportation link across the San Diego River for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. There will also be a protected Class-1 bike path on both bridges and roadway widening and improvements along Sports Arena Boulevard, West Mission Bay Drive and the westbound I-8 off-ramp, according to the City of San Diego.

“We’re making major neighborhood investments throughout the city that are going to shape San Diego’s future for the better,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This bridge replacement project is a perfect example as we modernize and expand one of our busiest roadways to ensure that San Diegans and visitors have easy access to our world-class beaches.”

Take a look at the animated video of the bridge construction and the process it will take to reconstruct and expand the current West Mission Bay Drive Bridge.

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