First train crosses new San Diego River bridge

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The first train to crossed the new 900-foot rail bridge over San Diego river at about 4:07 A.M. on Monday morning. KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was there shortly after.

SANDAG is constructing the San Diego River Double Track (SDRDT) project as part of the comprehensive effort to double track the San Diego segment of the coastal rail corridor, known as the LOSSAN corridor.

The project includes two bridges to carry passenger and freight trains. The first bridge opens early on Monday. Demolition of the old bridge begins later in the day to make way for construction of the second bridge later this year.

Nearly 11 million passengers travel annually along the LOSSAN corridor using transit services operated by the North County Transit District, which operates the rail in San Diego County.

The SDRDT project will add a second main track from Tecolote Road to just north of the Old Town Transit Center. The project also includes construction of associated site improvements and signal modifications.

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