Rail service closes for weekend bluff stabilization work

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DEL MAR, Calif.  — The San Diego Association of Governments began a weekend closure of rail service between Solana Beach and downtown San Diego Saturday to continue bluff stabilization work in Del Mar.

The work window is scheduled from just after midnight Saturday morning to 5 a.m. Monday along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo rail corridor, which serves the North County Transit District, Metrolink, Amtrak commuter rail companies and the freight line BNSF.

SANDAG and NCTD crews will install roughly 80 feet of concrete along the rail corridor from Sea Grove Park to 15th Street, which will act similarly to a retaining wall to protect against bluff collapse and washout, which occurred during a period of heavy rain last month. Previous projects have resulted in the installation of more than 200 concrete support pillars along a nearly two-mile stretch to stabilize the cliffs.

SANDAG expects to begin a $5.8 million stabilization early next year, which will include the installation of support piles and the replacement and rehabilitation of drainage along the bluffs. The regional planning agency plans to utilize federal, state and local funding sources to complete the project.

Additionally, SANDAG and the NCTD aim to secure another $100 million to fund future bluff stabilization efforts.

The North County Transit District said Sunday evening that the weekend work on bluff stabilization was completed and rail service would resume Monday as expected.

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