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Full Rail Closure From Oceanside to San Diego Scheduled for the Weekend

Full Closure of Nobel Drive this Weekend

Oceanside CA— In order to accommodate scheduled work along the rail line that carries passengers and freight from Oceanside to San Diego, there will be a full rail closure this weekend.

The closure will occur just after midnight on Saturday, March 9, through 5 a.m. on Monday, March 11. All rail service will be halted between Oceanside and Downtown San Diego during this time.

SANDAG will complete several improvements to rail projects that will double track rail service where there is currently one track. SANDAG is double-tracking much of the rail corridor to improve capacity and efficiency.

The rail closure will affect four rail services operating on the San Diego segment of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor:  North County Transit District (NCTD), Metrolink, Amtrak, and the freight carrier BNSF.

These types of closures, called Absolute Work Windows (AWW), are routinely scheduled in advance to manage rail construction, complete critical work on the rail line, and ensure worker safety.

Riders are encouraged to allow for more travel time as trains could be delayed in arriving at the destination.

Over the weekend the following work will be done:

In Carlsbad, as part of the Poinsettia Station Improvements Project, crews will work on hauling away materials from the recently dismantled western track and passenger platform. Pedestrian detours will be in place.

The $33.7 million project will lengthen and elevate passenger platforms, install a fence between the tracks within the station, relocate a section of the existing tracks, and replace the at-grade rail crossings with an undercrossing featuring stairways and ADA compliance ramps on both sides of the tracks. Additional station enhancements will include new shelters, signage, and updated lighting.

The Poinsettia Station Improvements Project is expected to be complete by 2020. View project map.

In San Diego, ongoing construction activities are planned throughout the Mid-Coast corridor. As part of the Mid-Coast Trolley Project, crews will build retaining walls; install fencing, signage, and drainage features; place ballast, concrete, and slope protection; identify the location of utilities; install and remove falsework (temporary support structures); and build a trolley flyover structure. There also will be rail distribution throughout the site.

This Mid-Coast Corridor Trolley Project is being constructed concurrently with the Elvira to Morena Double Track Project and is expected to be completed by 2021. View the Mid-Coast Trolley project map.

The $192 million Elvira to Morena Double Track Project will add a 2.6-mile second main track from State Route 52 to just south of Balboa Avenue. This new track will connect to existing double track, resulting in 10.3 miles of continuous double track.

In San Diego, at the San Diego River Bridge near Friars Road, crews will install falsework, or temporary support structures, and continue ongoing bridge construction activities.

The $93.9 million project involves the addition of a second main track across the river. The new 0.9-mile track will connect to existing double track at each end, resulting in a continuous 7-mile double track segment for the southernmost portion of the LOSSAN corridor. The project includes a new double track bridge, construction of associated site improvements, and signal modifications.

The San Diego River Bridge Project is expected to be complete in 2019. View the project map.

During construction, nearby residents and businesses can expect intermittent noise and lights.

For a schedule of alternate routes, visit GoNCTD.comAmtrak.com, or MetrolinkTrains.com.

Nobel Drive Closure

This weekend, a full closure of Nobel Drive will be in effect for construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley.

Crews will be installing falsework, the temporary structures used to support the Trolley bridge during construction. The closure will be in place just west of the Interstate 5 (I-5) intersection, from the on-ramp to the entrances of the Shops at La Jolla Village and La Jolla Village Square.

The full closure is scheduled to begin Saturday, March 9, at 12:01 a.m., and will continue through Sunday morning, March 10, at 12:01 a.m. During this time, the I-5 on-ramp will be not be accessible, but the I-5 off-ramp will remain open. In-and-out access to businesses and shop entrances will be maintained.

The closure area will be off limits to all travelers, including drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Detour routes will be signed.