Increased traffic delays are expected at the Los Osos Valley Road and Highway 101 interchange as the massive improvement project enters the next stage of construction on Friday.
Starting about 5:30 a.m., traffic on Los Osos Valley Road will shift to the newly constructed bridge over Highway 101 so that work can be done on and around the existing bridge over the freeway.
For about four to six months, only one lane in each direction will be open to traffic, according to a news release from the city, and delays are expected because of the reduced number of lanes over the bridge.
A sidewalk will still be open to pedestrians, and cyclists will still be able to travel through the area, but a designated bike lane will not be in place until after the project is complete.
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Drivers are encouraged to use the Highway 101 interchange at Madonna Road when possible or allow additional time to reach their destinations in the Los Osos Valley Road area.
This change moves the $33 million project, which will widen Los Osos Valley Road to four lanes from the Calle Joaquin intersection to South Higuera Street, into the sixth of eight stages, city officials said.