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Phase 4 of Del Mar bluffs project includes drainage systems along train tracks

Posted at 2:14 PM, Oct 02, 2020

DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) -- Leaders with SANDAG, North County Transit District, and the chair for California's Transportation Committee met Friday off 7th Street in Del Mar to get a closer look at their bluff stabilization $100 million project, now 20 years in the making.

Additions include sea wall improvement and a drainage system that runs parallel to the train tracks.

NCTD Executive Director Matt Tucker said "We feel really confident. It'll secure the bluffs to allow continued safe movement on the corridor and it'll give time for the exact project we want to pursue and gain, to allow funding for a permanent solution."

Natural disasters like heavy rain are a big concern that would cause tracks and bluffs to crumble down. After countless collapses in the past, beachgoers like Chris Smith, are often worried.

Smith told ABC 10News, "I feel comfortable but in the back of my mind you know something could always happen."

He also said awareness by leaders is a plus but the tracks should be moved entirely.

"With the impact to what the train is providing to the cliff, at some point there's gonna be a negative impact to it," Smith added.

Leaders said the new additions will buy them about 30 years, to plan a more permanent solution which could involve moving tracks into a tunnel system.

Phase 5 of the project is slated to begin next summer, while plans for phase 6, the final phase, is still in the works.