Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Laphonza Butler and Alex Padilla (both D-Calif.), along with Representative Mike Levin (D-Calif.-49), announced that the North County Transit District will receive $53.9 million for improvements to the San Dieguito River Railway Bridge. The grant for the San Dieguito Double Track, Bridge Replacement, and Special Events Platform Project comes through the Department of Transportation’s Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight & Highway Projects (INFRA) grant program, which received a substantial funding increase through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The San Dieguito River Railway Bridge lies along the 351-mile Los Angeles–San Diego–San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor (LOSSAN), the second busiest intercity passenger rail corridor in the nation. This project will replace the 107-year-old single track wooden trestle bridge, moving from a single track to a double track and raising the height of the tracks by 8 feet to account for increased sea level changes.
“Building infrastructure for the future is not just about updating what already exists, but also about planning for a future with climate change in mind,” said Senator Butler. “The $53 million secured to replace the San Dieguito River Railway Bridge and protect it from rising sea levels will make sure that California’s railway system is ready to meet the demands of tomorrow.”
“The San Dieguito Bridge is a crucial piece of one of the busiest intercity rail corridors in the country, providing millions of travelers a lower-emission alternative and expediting the movement of goods across the coast of Southern California,” said Senator Padilla. “With increasing landslides in the LOSSAN corridor, it is critical we continue to invest in more resilient infrastructure. This overdue replacement will build a more resilient, reliable, and efficient railway bridge while protecting the tracks from rising sea levels in the face of climate change. Once again, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering for California, creating good-paying jobs and connecting communities by modernizing our railways.”
“When I first entered Congress in 2019, I made securing federal resources for the LOSSAN Corridor, the second busiest intercity passenger rail corridor in the country, a top priority. For decades, the Corridor has been impacted by climate change, coastal erosion, and a lack of funding that threaten its integrity, which we witnessed firsthand this week with the closure caused by another coastal bluff landslide,” said Representative Levin. “These new funding streams will deliver real results and solutions to help protect the Corridor for years to come. There’s too much at stake.”
“This project will be transformative for rail service in San Diego – adding capacity, reducing maintenance costs, and strengthening our infrastructure,” said North County Transit District Board Chair and Deputy Mayor of Solana Beach Jewel Edson. “The current wood trestle bridge is susceptible to flooding and washout. Replacing it will ensure the LOSSAN Corridor is resilient to the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels.”