Bluff repairs could restrict beach access

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All coastal rail services will be suspended on Sunday and again on March 20 and 21 for work on the recent Del Mar cliff collapse and other previously scheduled projects.

Beach access will be limited between Del Mar and Torrey Pines State Beach, and depending on construction activity and tides, there may be no public access at times, according to the North County Transit District. .

The State Parks Department will have monitors in place during construction to assist visitors. In addition, law enforcement officers will be present at the top of the cliffs to warn people of the risks of walking along the railway lines and cliffs.

Although no passenger or freight trains will use the tracks, there could be test trains and construction equipment using the railroad’s right-of-way, according to NCTD. Residents along the corridor should remain vigilant and only cross at designated crossings.

Weekend closings, known as “absolute work windows”, are scheduled several times a year so that repairs and maintenance can be carried out without being impeded by rail traffic.

At the site of the cliff collapse just south of Fourth Street in Del Mar, the Association of San Diego Governments has hired a contractor to level the top of the cliff, where large cracks have appeared since the collapse of February 28. The face of the slope will also be remodeled.

This weekend’s work will help prepare the site for the installation of no less than 14 60-foot-long vertical concrete and steel columns, called soldier piles, which could be installed as early as the second suspension of work this month. -this. If the material for the columns is not available this month, they could be installed during another scheduled weekend work window in April.

The collapse occurred in an area where fill earth was held back by a retaining wall built in 1910, a SANDAG official said on Friday. Planners, geologists and engineers are still trying to figure out how best to repair the damage.

Until repairs are complete, traffic is limited to 15 mph for passenger trains and 10 mph for freight trains in the area.

Rail service will resume on Monday morning after working windows, but passengers should be aware that early trains of the day could be delayed by up to 15 minutes.

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