Bluff collapse repairs shut down train service, restrict beach access

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – All rail services from Oceanside to San Diego will be shut down Saturday through late Sunday night as crews work to repair the damage from a recent bluff collapse near the rail line.

The first closure took effect early Saturday morning and will last through early Monday morning, according to SANDAG. The four rail services affected are the North County Transit District, Metrolink, Amtrak and freight carrier BNSF.

A second rail closure is scheduled to take place next weekend, from early morning on March 20 through early morning on March 22.

During the closure this weekend, crews will do emergency repairs on the Del Mar Bluffs to stabilize an area south of Fourth Street that experienced a bluff collapse in late February, SANDAG officials said. Visitors are urged not to sit, stand or walk within 50 feet of the Del Mar Bluffs or the beach below. Access to the sand may be further limited while the repairs take place.

Crews will also continue work on the El Portal Undercrossing project in Encinitas and the Mid-Coast Trolley project in San Diego. The El Portal project is expected to be completed in spring 2022, while the Mid-Coast Trolley project is expected to be completed late this year.

The El Portal project will create a rail bridge and pedestrian undercrossing in Encinitas, connecting businesses, residents and schools between Vulcan Avenue to North Coast Highway 101.

The Mid-Coast Trolley project will extend UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley service from the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to the University area.

SANDAG officials warned that once rail service resumes, riders should plan for increased travel time because of possible delays.

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