Progress Continues on Two SANDAG Rail Projects
Oceanside CA— This weekend, a full rail closure will be in effect to accommodate work along the passenger and freight rail line between Oceanside and San Diego.
The closure will take place from midnight on Saturday, October 2, through early morning on Sunday, October 3.
Full rail closures are routinely scheduled to advance rail construction and ensure worker safety. During the upcoming closure, construction activities are planned for the Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley in San Diego and the El Portal Undercrossing project in Encinitas.
The closure will affect four rail services operating on the San Diego segment of the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor: North County Transit District (NCTD), Metrolink, Amtrak, and the freight carrier BNSF.
Regular passenger rail service is scheduled to resume by 5 a.m. on Monday, October 4. Riders are encouraged to plan for increased travel time, as trains could be delayed.
The following work will be done during the closure:
In San Diego, crews will perform ongoing inspections along the southern portion of the Mid-Coast Trolley Extension. Work activities will include fence installation, utility installation, wiring and electrical activities for the light rail system, punch list items on the heavy rail system, and the installation of pedestrian walkways at new traffic signals.
In Encinitas, no work is planned for the El Portal Undercrossing project at this time. However, the contractor may use the opportunity to work uninterrupted to advance some of the ongoing operations such as the temporary shoring removal and utility relocation. If construction is needed, construction will occur during normal working hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.