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In late January, Build NCC highway construction crews will shift all Interstate 5 (I-5) travel lanes toward the center median – four lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions – between Manchester Avenue and Birmingham Drive in Encinitas. Preparatory overnight work for the traffic shifts will begin Sunday, January 17, to relocate concrete barriers.

Crews anticipate striping the new travel lanes according to the schedule below*:

Wednesday, January 20 (9 p.m. – 5 a.m.) – Northbound I-5

o New northbound I-5 travel lanes opened to motorists on Thursday, January 21, at 5 a.m.

Wednesday, January 27 (9 p.m. – 5 a.m.) – Southbound I-5

o New southbound I-5 travel lanes opened to motorists on Thursday, January 28, at 5 a.m.

The same number of lanes will remain in each direction during and after these traffic shifts. Overnight lane closures will be required, but no full freeway closures are planned. California Highway Patrol will provide short traffic breaks to lead motorists into the newly shifted lanes. Motorist are advised to remain Work Zone Alert while traveling through construction zones.

The traffic shift will accommodate continued I-5 Carpool/High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane outside shoulder construction in this area. *Please note, construction schedules are subject to change.

Nearby residents and businesses can expect daytime and overnight construction noise and lights, including OSHA required vehicle back-up alarms. Crews will work to minimize noise and impacts to all nearby communities, and motorists will be detoured with signage and traffic controls.

To receive up-to-date weekend ramp closures notifications and detour routes, visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/BuildNCC. To receive construction updates by text message, text “BuildNCC” to 313131. Thank you for your patience during construction!