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Central Coast Rail Services Disrupted By Major Bridge Replacement Project

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The replacement of an aging Central Coast bridge over San Antonio Creek will disrupt rail service for the next two weeks.

A 125-year-old steel trestle bridge is being completely replaced.

A project to replace a key railroad bridge, and upgrade some switches on the Central Coast, is causing a number of track closures, and service disruptions.

The biggest part of the project is the replacement of the 720-foot-long Narlon Bridge on Vandenberg Space Force Base. It stretches across San Antonio Creek. The steel trestle bridge is 125 years old and needs to be completely replaced.

Work got underway earlier this week. As a result, there is no train service available from Goleta to San Luis Obispo through August 23. Amtrak passengers are being bused around the shutdown.

And, for the next few weeks, a Pacific Surfliner train is having a nightly layover in Santa Barbara, next to Chase Palm Park. It’s expected the line will be back in operation August 24.