Infrastructure money will likely need to be topped up

Infrastructure money will likely need to be topped up

While it might sound like a local problem that doesn’t impact a lot of people, Humphreys says the issue is far-reaching. “We want to get the tracks off the bluff,” Humphreys said. “What we are looking at is the second busiest corridor in the U.S. for rail,” Humphreys said.

“The ocean, the wave action, the rain is eroding the cliffs next to the track,” said Sharon Humphreys, an engineer in San Diego County. There may be no better example of the problem than in Del Mar, California. Near the beach, there are railroad tracks on a bluff that is eroding.

Humphreys estimates the cliff is losing about one-to-two feet a year. While the tracks are currently stabilized and safe, she believes the inevitable will happen. CLIFFS AND TRACKS

“It’s going to cost a lot of money,” said Hasan Ikhrata is the CEO of Sandag, a government organization that oversees transportation projects in California. He says it will cost billions to create a new tunnel and move the tracks inland. Congress passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill last year. But some say that isn’t enough money to fix the nation’s problems, in particular, the tracks in Del Mar.

WHY INFRASTRUCTURE ISN’T ENOUGH “One-in-10 cars sold in the U.S. comes along this track,” Humphreys added.

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