CARLSBAD — Tamarack Avenue will be closed to cars and pedestrians throughout the coming weekend as Amtrak rail construction crews work to place a second main track for the LOSSAN coastal rail line across Tamarack Avenue in Carlsbad.
Construction is expected to begin at 8 p.m. Aug. 26, and will continue around the clock until 8 p.m. Aug. 28. Tamarack Avenue will be closed in both directions to cars and pedestrians at the railroad tracks, located west of I-5.
Because this is an active rail line with up to 70 trains per day, some of the track work must be conducted in the evening.
Construction crews will work to minimize noise impacts to residents and will direct lighting away from residential structures to the greatest extent possible.
No passenger or freight rail services will be disrupted as part of this construction effort.
The project is scheduled for completion in spring of 2012. Night work is expected to occur periodically and updated constructions notices will be posted online at keepsandiegomoving.com/carlsbaddoubletrack.
Amtrak is working with SANDAG and NCTD to add a second track to the 60-mile Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor in Carlsbad to improve Amtrak and Coaster passenger rail services.
As a companion to Interstate 5, the San Diego segment of the LOSSAN corridor plays a critical role in the movement of people and goods within the region’s North Coast Corridor.
During the next 20 years, more than $800 million in improvements are planned in the LOSSAN rail corridor. These projects include double tracking, bridge and track replacement, new stations, grade separations, and other improvements to shorten trip times and increase passenger rail service in the corridor.