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Stuntmen? No. It's a Caltrans crew set to rappel down a Central Coast mountainside

A section of Highway 1 will be closed on the Central Coast Thursday while crew remove boulders, and soil from a mountainside above a section of the roadway.

Crew will work to dislodge rocks and soil which could come down onto Highway 1 during a storm. Work will shut down section of highway.

It’s going to look like a scene out of an action movie on a Central Coast highway later this week, with a team of people rappelling down a mountainside.

But, they are actually a Caltrans crew working to dislodge rocks and debris which might fall onto Highway 1 during the next storm.

The rock scaling operation will close a section of Highway 1 near Lompoc Thursday morning. People will not be able to go south on Highway 1 from the Highway 1/Highway 246 interchange. Traffic will be diverted onto Highway 246 to reach Highway 101.

The shutdown is expected to last from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday.

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.