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Overnight Southbound I-5 Closures Continue Next Week for Gilman Drive Bridge Construction

New Bridge Spanning I-5 to be Unveiled in the Coming Months

October 25, 2018-- Hidden behind a large wooden support structure for more than a year, the new Gilman Drive Bridge over Interstate 5 (I-5) will soon be unveiled following a series of highway overnight closures through November.

The scheduled closures are necessary in order to remove the temporary wooden structures (also known as falsework) used to support the Gilman Drive Bridge during construction.

Starting Sunday, October 28 and running through, Thursday, November 1, temporary overnight closures are scheduled to take place on southbound I-5.

Motorists should plan to take alternate routes to avoid potential congestion, as significant delays are expected during these closures.

The closures are planned for:

Sunday, October 28, through Thursday, November 1:
• Nightly full closures of I-5 southbound lanes from the I-5 and I-805 interchange to La Jolla Village Drive

• Work hours are 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, unless noted otherwise

In November, additional closures on northbound I-5 will be required for this operation. A full schedule will be released shortly.

*These closures are subject to change

SANDAG, in partnership with Caltrans, and UC San Diego, are constructing the bridge over I-5 at Gilman Drive, just north of the La Jolla Village Drive interchange. Construction of the bridge started in November 2016.

The bridge and related roadway improvements will connect Gilman Drive to the west and Medical Center Drive to the east, a vital campus link for UC San Diego. The new bridge will add a second on-campus crossing over I-5.

To learn more about the project, visit:

The Gilman Drive Bridge is being constructed concurrently with the Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line extension.

The Mid-Coast Trolley Project will extend Blue Line Trolley service from Old Town north to the University City community, serving major activity centers such as Mission Bay Park, the VA Medical Center, UC San Diego, and Westfield UTC. Nine new stations will be constructed. Major construction work began in 2016, with service anticipated to begin in 2021.

To learn more, visit .

Project Manager(s)

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or