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Santa Margarita River Bridge north of Oceanside. Photo courtesy of
Santa Margarita River Bridge north of Oceanside. Photo courtesy of

Compiled by Brian Park

Metrolink lines between the San Clemente Pier and Oceanside stations will be shut down Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 to complete necessary work on the Santa Margarita Bridge in Camp Pendleton.

Metrolink’s Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines will not operate between the two stations. Amtrak, BNSF freight trains and the North County Transit District’s COASTER service will also be affected, according to a Metrolink press release. Amtrak service will only operate between Union Station in Los Angeles and Irvine.

Passengers are asked to plan accordingly. There will also be no bus service or alternate transportation provided for Metrolink passengers in the affected area.

Tracks will re-open for regularly scheduled service in time for the morning commute on Monday, November 18.

The temporary closure is necessary for the San Diego Association of Governments’ Santa Margarita Bridge project. Construction crews are working to replace the single-track railroad bridge across the Santa Margarita River with a new reinforced concrete double-track bridge. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.

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