Friars Road on-ramp to southbound SR-163 to close permanently

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Beginning Wednesday, the free right turn on-ramp to southbound State Route 163 (SR-163) from westbound Friars Road will close permanently. The permanent closure is part of the SR-163 Friars Road Interchange Project.

Motorists will continue straight on Friars Road then turn right (northbound) on Ulric Street, to the Ulric Street southbound SR-163 on-ramp.

Caltrans construction crews need close the on-ramp to add another right turn lane from westbound Friars Road to Ulric Street. Crews will also build one dedicated right turn lane from northbound Ulric Street to southbound SR-163 and another lane with the option to right turn or continue straight on Ulric Street.

Residents and businesses in the area will hear jackhammering and truck back-up alarms during this work. Caltrans staff apologizes for this inconvenience in advance.

The $40 million project will widen the SR-163 Friars Road overcrossing as well as improve the SR-163 on- and off-ramps. In addition, a southbound SR-163 auxiliary lane just north of the Friars Road off-ramp will be constructed.

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