A portion of West Broadway in downtown San Diego will be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic starting Jan. 23, as work proceeds on improvements along the North Embarcadero.

The closure impacts all West Broadway vehicle traffic lanes between Pacific Highway and North Harbor Drive, and will continue through the summer, according to a statement from the Port of San Diego. The area will be closed to traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week, although pedestrians will be able to access West Broadway during the closure.

Port officials said the closure is necessary for contractors working on Phase 1 improvements included in the North Embarcadero visionary plan, such as relocating and installing new utilities and landscaping, adjusting grades, and installing paving for new roadway and walkway surfaces.

The $28 million first-phase project, set for completion in 2014, will create new public open space along the Embarcadero to West Broadway, and to North Harbor Drive from Navy Pier to the B Street Pier. Enhancements include a 105-foot-wide esplanade with formal gardens, plazas, shade pavilions and a waterfront promenade.

— SDBJ Staff Report