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Work continues to fix part of South Coast highway hit by rock and landslides, with closure extended

Crews are working to cover some slopes along Highway 23 between the Conejo Valley and the coast with mesh to try to prevent rock and landslides.

Crews hope to reopen stretch of Highway 23 between the Conejo Valley, and the coast by early next week.

The closure of a section of a South Coast highway impacted by a rock and landslide has been extended again.

A section of Highway 23 between Westlake Village, and the coast has been shut down since October 14.

The slide occurred on a section of the highway just over a mile north of the Pacific Coast Highway. No one was injured. The highway has been closed from Encinal Canyon Road to the coast, with that road being used as a bypass to the shutdown.

Crews have spent weeks removing boulders and loose soil. They installed anchors on the slopes, and this week are attaching section of mesh to the hillsides to try to contain slides. Caltrans officials say they hope to reopen the shuttered portion of the highway by next week.

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.