Coaster train at Poinsettia Station
A Coaster train at Poinsettia Station in Carlsbad. Courtesy SANDAG

Construction crews will begin three days of early morning and nighttime work at 6:30 a.m. Thursday to make improvements to Poinsettia commuter rail station.

Crews will continue construction of a new rail bridge as well as a pedestrian undercrossing. They will also perform welding work along the eastern track between the station’s east and west platforms.

The work will require the use of heavy machinery and nearby residents are likely to notice construction-related noise, lights and dust during the work period, according to San Diego Association of Governments.

In addition to the construction of the rail bridge and the undercrossing, the $33.7 million Poinsettia Station Improvements Project includes the installation of longer passenger platforms, new fencing between the station’s tracks and a relocation of a section of existing rail track

Once complete, the undercrossing will replace the existing at-grade rail crossings and include stairways and ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act on either side of the station’s tracks.

The Poinsettia Station project is part of SANDAG’s overarching Build NCC (North Coast Corridor) program, a 40-year, $700 million effort to repair and expand vehicle and rail transportation infrastructure throughout the county. The agency expects the project to be completed next year.

— City News Service

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