Coaster train makes first trip across completed bridge
Coaster number 630 makes the first trip across the completed bridge on Monday morning. Courtesy SANDAG

A second bridge over the San Diego River opened to rail traffic Monday with the first train  passing over the newly completed bridge just before 6 a.m.

The $94 million project, situated by Pacific Highway and Friars Road, is one piece of ongoing double-track improvement efforts by SANDAG for the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo corridor, the second busiest passenger rail line in the nation and a vital link in connecting the San Diego region with the rest of the country.

Passenger and freight trains can now travel continuously in each direction along the seven-mile stretch of railway that runs from Garnet and Balboa avenues to the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego.

“This is part of the SANDAG vision to provide an array of safe and efficient transportation choices that will serve communities for years to come,” said John Haggerty, the regional planning agency’s director of engineering and construction.

The San Diego River Double Track project began construction in fall 2016. The first bridge constructed for the project was completed in February 2018.

Updated at 7:35 a.m., Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

— Staff Reports