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If you commute with any regularity in the central part of the county, it is hard not to run into some sort of construction work on the freeways.

Construction on San Diego freeways is evident all around the county, but especially in the central region, where a number of major projects are ongoing or slated to begin later this year. These projects total approximately $177 million.

Construction of an HOV lane along Interstate 805 just south of the Interstate 5 merger got under way this year. The $102 million project also involves constructing a northbound direct access ramp on Interstate 805 from Carroll Canyon Road to the Interstate 5 merge. The project calls for extending Carroll Canyon Road from Scranton Way to Sorrento Valley Boulevard. The HOV lane and access ramp are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.

Further down on Interstate 805 -- in the golden triangle -- a $21.1 million project will begin later this year. It consists of converting the current cloverleaf interchange at La Jolla Village Drive to a partial cloverleaf interchange. This project is anticipated to be completed in fall 2011.

A $32 million project is almost complete along SR 52. It involves widening the highway between Interstate 15 and Mast Boulevard, with construction of auxiliary lanes in each direction. This project is slated to be completed by the end of the summer.

A new project in 2009 calls for the widening of three lanes on eastbound Interstate 8 between the Second Street onramp and Greenfield Drive. This project is valued at $15.5 million and is anticipated to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Two smaller projects started at the beginning of this year are slated to be completed by the end of 2009. One is slurry seal work on all on-and-off ramps on state Route 125 from state Route 54 to Mission Gorge Road. This project will cost $3 million to complete.

The other is a pavement rehabilitation project. It involves work on state Route 163 from the I-5 connection to Washington Street, and has a price tag of $3.3 million.

In the county of San Diego, 20 major freeway construction projects are either ongoing or getting ready to start later this year. All these freeway projects total slightly over $1.56 billion in construction cost and construction work being awarded.

Funding for the projects comes from a variety of sources, including the federal stimulus package, federal gas tax, Proposition 1B, state gas tax, Transnet half-cent sales tax, and local contributions.

In addition to the Caltrans freeway projects, the Port of San Diego also is working on freeway project improvements, intended to improve "good movement access" to the Port's marina terminals via San Diego freeways.

Currently there are three such projects:

The first is $3.3 million project at Civic Center Drive at Harbor Drive for access to and from I-5. These improve flow of traffic through the Civic Center Drive/Wilson Avenue and Civic Center Drive/Harbor Drive intersections. The Civic Center/Wilson intersection will be signalized, and the on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be realigned and widened.

The second project is at 10th Avenue and Harbor Drive. It involves a two-lane elevated structure from Crosby Drive over the railroad tracks and Cesar Chavez and connecting it to Harbor Drive. The Port hopes to improve truck flow and safety for the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal. This work totals $67.2 million.

The third is a proposed project totaling $118.5 million. This involves an elevated structure in the median of Harbor Drive that will connect to Interstate 15 over the rail tracks, trolley tracks and 32nd Street/Norman Scott intersection. It is designed to improve the flow of traffic in and out of the naval base.

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Jason 12:24pm September 6, 2009

I-5 EXIT NORTH @ VIA DE LA VALLE****LOOKING WEST OR LEFT THERE IS A CROSSWALK SIGN RIGHT IN THE PATH OF VISION FOR DRIVERS TURNING RIGHT. THIS IS A SILLY OVER SIGHT THAT NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED HOPEFULLY BEFORE ANY ACCIDENTS HAPPEN... PLEASE TAKE THIS IN THE BEST MEANING POSSIBLE...