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CalTrans re-opens another six miles of PCH north of Malibu


The good news -- another six-mile stretch of PCH, which has been closed for repairs between Yerba Buena Road in Malibu and Las Posas Road in Camarillo since last December due to storm damage, has been re-opened.

The bad news? You can't get there from here. The newly-opened stretch of PCH extends between Las Posas Road and Sycamore Cove. For drivers and cyclists headed north along PCH from Malibu, that means they're still greeted by a road block at Sycamore Cove, which is expected to remain in place until the start of March.

From the CalTrans blog:

Caltrans today announced that nearly six miles of the nine mile closure on Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) between Las Posas Road and Yerba Buena Road are open to public access. SR-1 is now open from Las Posas Road to the Sycamore Cove Day Use Area. The public will now have access to trails and beaches in Point Mugu State Park. The highway remains closed between the Sycamore Cove Day Use Area and Yerba Buena Road

Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians will not be permitted access to southbound SR-1 beyond the Sycamore Cove Day Use Area or northbound SR-1 beyond Yerba Buena Road. Motorists and cyclists must use alternate routes around the closure such as US 101, state highways and Los Angeles county roads that intersect with SR-1.

Scofflaws who get caught in the remaining three-mile no-go zone face the prospect of fines.

Want more info on what, exactly, this two-month repair project entailed? Details here.

Photo: A 200-ton crane sets rocks in place to protect washed out slopes. From the CalTrans blog.

Next entry: High surf advisory expires today, but someone forgot to tell the Pacific

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