Work on Bridge to Force Day-long Closure of SR-163 On/Off-Ramps from 6th Avenue in Hillcrest

Caltrans truck
A Caltrans truck. Courtesy of the agency

There will be limited access to and from Hillcrest using state Route 163 Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as crews continue working on a new pedestrian bridge.

The span, which crosses the 6th Avenue on- and off-ramps to SR-163, connects to Scripps Mercy Hospital.

The closures, according to Caltrans, include:

  • Eastbound Interstate 8 connector ramp to southbound SR-163
  • Eastbound Hotel Circle south on-ramp
  • Southbound SR-163 6th Avenue off-ramp, and
  • Northbound SR-163/6th Avenue/University Avenue on-ramp.  

Eastbound I-8 motorists will be detoured to the northbound SR-163 connector ramp, to the Friars Road West off-ramp, where they may turn right to reach the southbound SR-163 on-ramp.

Southbound SR-163/6th Avenue motorists should exit at the Washington Street East off-ramp to 4th Avenue and turn right for Scripps Mercy Hospital or left for Hillcrest. 

Northbound SR-163 motorists can continue east on University Avenue, turn left at Normal Street, left on Lincoln Avenue and left on Washington Street to the northbound SR-163 on-ramp.

The work schedule is subject to change due to weather, traffic incidents or other considerations.