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

The North County Transit District released a visual analysis Friday for the fence project proposed for construction along the railway on the Del Mar bluffs.

The agency said the current plan to erect nearly 7,000 feet of fencing along the bluff includes several modifications implemented following public input.

Those include reducing the overall fence length from 12,960 feet to 6,876 feet, dropping fence heights from six to four feet for about half of the project and, in some areas, replacing proposed chain-link fencing with post-and-cable fencing.

NCTD said the newly released analysis “addresses the potential effects of the fencing on public viewsheds.”

“The mapping and visual analysis are the next step in NCTD’s collaboration with the Coastal Commission and the city of Del Mar to enhance safety, rail service reliability and provide safe and legal access to the beaches in Del Mar,” a district statement reads.

The fencing proposal is part of a plan to bolster safety due to concerns over railway trespassers who have been struck by trains.

However, some Del Mar residents have insisted the project will raise its own safety issues in terms of eroding already unstable bluffs and hindering a potential evacuation route in case of a wildfire.

Residents have also complained that the fence project will unduly impede their access to the beach.

NCTD said a working group established by the agency, Del Mar and the Coastal Commission will continue meeting to evaluate alternatives, by a Dec. 31 deadline.

– City News Service

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