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Work to Stabilize Tracks in South Orange County continues

Crews are continuing emergency work to stabilize the railroad track in San Clemente. The tracks began moving in September 2021 because of coastal erosion and an ancient landslide on the slope above the tracks that started sliding.

The stabilization work includes installing two rows of steel anchors into a 700-foot stretch of the hillside. More than 200 anchors, each 133 feet long, are needed to stabilize the slope. The first row of anchors has been installed, and crews have begun excavating for the second row.

Unexpected site conditions and inclement weather have combined to delay the schedule. The project is expected to be completed in late March 2023.

Metrolink and Amtrak passenger rail service has been limited during the emergency repairs. Rail service could resume prior to construction completion, but no decision has been made. OCTA and its rail service partners are evaluating when service can safely restart. Once a decision is made, the public will be notified through the project’s weekly alert. Sign up for alerts by selecting the Stay Connected tab on the project website. Information about construction activities and a list of frequently asked questions can also be found on the website.