The Santa Margarita River Bridge dates back to 1916 and is located north of the City of Oceanside within the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
This project will replace the existing steel truss single-track railroad bridge across the Santa Margarita River with a new reinforced concrete double-track bridge. Replacement of the bridge with a new bridge constructed with modern materials will substantially reduce future maintenance needs and associated cost.
In addition, adding the second main track will provide more operational flexibility by allowing trains to meet and pass, thereby improving schedule reliability.The bridge’s existing timber trestle approach structure also will be replaced with a pre-cast box girder trestle approach.
double-track rail bridge was completed and opened for service Monday, Nov. 18,
2013. The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train rolled over the old steel-truss bridge
for the last time around midnight on Friday, Nov. 15. The old bridge, which is
visible from Interstate 5, just north of Oceanside, will be demolished in the
coming months. The new concrete bridge was completed during the rail shutdown
of November 16-17, 2013, and SANDAG appreciates the patience of rail passengers
who used bus services throughout the weekend.
The new rail
bridge is one of many that will be modernized in the corridor as we work to
double-track the corridor to improve the reliability and on-time performance of
passenger and freight rail on San Diego’s coastal rail line.
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Ramon Ruelas, Principal Construction Engineer
Phone: (619) 699-6944