First passenger train crosses new San Elijo Lagoon Rail Bridge

Just after dawn on Sept. 10, the first passenger train crossed the newly-built rail bridge over the San Elijo Lagoon.

The modern concrete bridge in Cardiff-by-the-Sea is replacing the 80-year-old wooden trestle bridge, which will be removed over the coming months. For the last 17 months, train commuters have watched the new wider bridge being built and now can check on the progress of the old timber bridge being dismantled.

“Today is a big milestone in our efforts to double track and modernize our region’s major rail corridor,” said SANDAG Board Chair and Del Mar City Councilmember Terry Sinnott. “But at the same time, we are aware of the fond feelings for the old trestle...