A Coaster train heading north on the Del Mar bluffs. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Rail service from Oceanside to downtown San Diego will be suspended in both directions from Saturday through 5 a.m. Monday morning for track maintenance and improvements, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

The scheduled “absolute work window” will affect weekend rail service for the four railroads that use the corridor — the North County Transit District, Metrolink, Amtrak and freight line BNSF. Rail service is expected to resume Monday for morning commute hours with possible delays.

In Carlsbad, crews will work throughout the weekend to construct a pedestrian undercrossing near the Poinsettia Rail Station. The $33.7 million Poinsettia Station improvements project “will lengthen and elevate passenger platforms, install a fence between the tracks within the station, relocate a section of the existing tracks, and replace the existing at-grade rail crossings with an undercrossing featuring stairways and ADA compliance ramps on both sides of the tracks,” according to SANDAG. The agency expects the project to be completed in 2020.

Rail work crews in San Diego will continue bridge construction work on the San Diego River Bridge double track project. Crews will also work on a U.S. Navy fuel pipeline, according to SANDAG.

Crews in Dan Diego will also work on the ongoing Mid-Coast Trolley project by installing walls and foundations at the site of the future Tecolote Station and continue work on the Balboa Bridge. Crews will also complete various sub-projects like installing walls, working on existing track lines and repositioning overhead electrical lines.

Once completed, the Mid-Coast Trolley project will extend Metropolitan Transit System service 11 miles from Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to University City. SANDAG expects the $2.17 billion extension to be completed in 2021.

The weekend’s rail work projects are part of SANDAG’s Build NCC (North Coast Corridor) program, a 40-year, $700 million effort to repair and expand vehicle and rail transportation infrastructure throughout the county.

Once completed, the county anticipates adding 13 miles of new carpool and high-occupancy vehicle freeway lanes, 1 1/2 miles of doubled railroad track, seven miles of bike and pedestrian paths and more than 1,200 acres of restored and preserved coastal habitat land.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.