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PCH closed north of Malibu for at least one more month


It'll be at least until March before anyone other than repair crews get to drive this stretch of PCH between Yerba Buena Road (not to worry -- Neptune's Net is still open) and Las Posas Road.

From the Caltrans press release:

Ongoing Work At postmile marker (PM) 4.0 a slide approximately 40 feet wide and 80 feet deep washed away on the beach side of the highway. Crews will place large boulders to secure the slope. A crane will sit in both lanes of the highway to complete this operation. Then geotechnical fabric will secure the hillside, and guardrail will be replaced. Caltrans worked with utility companies to remove their utility lines so that crews can begin repairs.

At PM 4.2 (Big Sycamore) another slide has undermined the highway and will need to be stabilized and rebuilt. Caltrans is working with environmental regulatory agencies for the necessary environmental permits to initiate the work at this location.
Rain storms, debris slides, strong waves during December caused extensive damage along the highway in the Springs Fire Burn Area.

Work already completed under the $7 million emergency contract with Union Engineering of Santa Paula includes 400 feet of shoulder and slope repair at La Jolla beach, mud removal from the roadway, and hillside debris and rock removal.

And no, cyclists and pedestrians aren't allowed either.


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