Gridlock on Interstate 5 in North County. Courtesy SANDAG
Gridlock on Interstate 5 in North County. Courtesy SANDAG

The San Diego region was awarded about $63 million to pay for a variety of transportation projects, the California Transportation Commission announced Friday.

The lion’s share — almost $50 million — was given to the San Diego Association of Governments to pay for ongoing upgrades to the coastal rail corridor. Improvements include replacing single-track areas with double tracks to increase train efficiency, replacing bridges and installing better signals.

Work has been underway to improve the rail lines and associated infrastructure for several years, and has required suspension of passenger train service on some recent weekends.

The other local awards were $9.8 million to replace deteriorating overhead sign panels at various locations — which will bring the signs up to current standards and improve visibility for motorists — and $3.4 million for bridge upgrades, such as replacing approach slabs and joint seals.

In all, the commission distributed $217 million for 72 projects around the state.

— City News Service

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