Bike trail in Oceanside to close next month for San Luis Rey River sediment removal project

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The Army Corps of Engineers will soon begin a sediment removal project in the San Luis Rey River, closing the San Luis Rey Bike Trail from approximately Oct. 10 through March 31, according to a press release from the city of Oceanside.

The project will be split into two phases with the first phase (during the trail closure period) being the removal of sediment from the river and transporting the material to El Corazon for storage, testing and processing, according to the release. The second phase will include transporting any beach quality sand from El Corazon to city beaches. Phase II of the project will start around March 15 and be completed by May 29.

The project is needed to increase flow capacity in the river, and is the next step following vegetation mowing, to move the river closer to a 100-year flood level capacity, according to the release. Sediment removal will take place in the river from just west of Benet Road to east of Foussat Road in Oceanside.

Due to the amount of material to be removed, there will be heavy construction equipment and dump trucks running continuously for 10 hours a day, six days a week, requiring closure of the bike trail, the city reported. A bike detour will be set up during this closure. Trail users traveling westbound will initially encounter the closure/detour starting at Douglas Drive. The detour will direct traffic south on Douglas Drive, west on Pala Road, south on Los Arbolitos Boulevard, south on Fireside Street, west on Mission Avenue and then north on Foussat Road, where the trail can be accessed again.

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