A series of track building and maintenance programs in the San Diego area will cause major headaches this weekend for four railroads when all train traffic is suspended on the San Diego segment of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor.
An Absolute Work Window (AWW) — which will halt all service by North County Transit District (NCTD), Metrolink, Amtrak, and BNSF — will take effect just after midnight on Saturday, February 9, and continue through 5 a.m. on Monday, February 11, according to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).
Among the projects taking place during the AWW:
- In Encinitas, construction crews will perform rail grinding, ballast work, and will replace crossties and insulated joints.
- Crews will look to add some of the 1.5 miles of new double track planned between Cardiff-by-the-Sea and the southern border of the San Elijo Lagoon. The San Elijo Lagoon Double Track Project is expected to be complete in 2019.
- In Carlsbad, at Poinsettia Station, crews will conduct rail surfacing work in preparation for the new western alignment of the existing track.
- In San Diego, crews will work on rail and bridge structures near and within the railroad right-of-way along Morena Boulevard and Santa Fe Street for the Elvira to Morena Double Track Project.
- As part of the San Diego River Bridge Double Track Project (SDRDT) near Friars Road, crews will remove shoring beams, install casing for fuel lines, and continue on-going bridge construction activities.
SANDAG has completed a slew of rail-related projects in recent months as the agency looks to improve commuter and freight transport in the area. This weekend’s AWW comes almost exactly one year after SANDAG opened a 900-foot bridge as part of the $93.9-million SDRDT Project.
More details about ongoing work and full project maps can be found on the SANDAG website.