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Caltrans Starting Project To Deal With Ocean Erosion Hitting Pacific Coast Highway On South Coast

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Caltrans will build two retaining walls to stop erosion threatening a section ot the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County

Work on PCH in Ventura County could create ongoing traffic delays

A section of the Pacific Coast Highway on the South Coast is facing serious erosion problems due to the ocean. Now, a $50 million project is getting underway to build retaining walls to protect the highway.

The erosion has hit two slopes on the coastal side of the PCH just south of Sycamore Cove Beach, in Ventura County. The roadway is still intact, but there are cracks and displacements in the highway’s shoulder.

Two retaining walls, one 200 feet long, and one 600 feet long will be built in the area.

The work will have a major impact on traffic. A thousand foot section of the highway’s southbound shoulder will be closed, and there will be a 25 mile an hour speed limit. The work is expected to take about a year and a half to complete.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.