The San Diego Association of Governments, the regional planning and transportation agency, won a $14 million federal grant to replace four aging wooden trestle bridges in the Los Penasquitos Lagoon in North County, Sandag said.

Sandag has been working with multiple agencies on the project, including the North county Transit District, Amtrak, Caltrans, Metropolitan Transit System and BNSF Railway.

The four timber bridges date to the 1920s and 1930s and are either at the end or near the end of their life spans and require frequent and costly maintenance to the tune of $310,000 annually, Sandag said.

The full cost for the project is about $25 million. The federal grant will be combined with other funds already identified. The project is ready to be advertised for bid by this fall, the agency said.

“This work will help ensure that this vital rail line is kept in a state of good repair for the 2.7 million intercity passengers who depend on it each year,” said NCTD Executive Director Matthew Tucker.

— SDBJ Staff Report