Bicyclists in Ocean Beach must continue making detours due to work on a trolley extension in the area, officials reported Thursday.
The Ocean Beach Bike Path will continue to be temporarily closed through the end of April to allow crews to complete demolition of a bridge abutment to make way for the extension of the San Diego Trolley from Old Town to University City, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.
The closure effects the portion of the bike path that runs along the San Diego River Pathway from just east of Morena Boulevard to just west of Pacific Highway. Detour signs have been posted detailing alternate bike routes around the construction closure.
Crews will also be installing the foundations for the new Mid-Coast Trolley bridge.
The bike path closure began March 12. Once construction is complete, the bikeway will be returned to its original condition, SANDAG officials said.
During the closures, cyclists can detour the work area via Pacific Coast Highway, Taylor Street, and Morena Boulevard. An alternate bike route is also available north of the river and on Friars Road.
“This work is related to the San Diego River Bridge project and the Mid-Coast Trolley project construction,” SANDAG reported. “As part of the Mid-Coast project, the rail for passenger and freight trains is being double tracked over the San Diego River, requiring the construction of two new bridges.”
The Mid-Coast Trolley project will extend Blue Line Trolley service from Old Town north to the University City community, serving major activity centers such as Mission Bay Park, the VA Medical Center, UC San Diego, and University Town Center. Nine new stations will be constructed. Major construction work began in 2016, with trolley service anticipated to begin in 2021.