Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Las Tunas State Beach Sea Wall Project along PCH in Malibu

Wave crash against wave break as crews built sea wall. 
El Niño?!  What El Niño?!  Whether or not heavy rains make an appearance in Southern California or not, Caltrans is ready.

Recent article about this project in Popular Mechanics Magazine: How L.A. Built Up For A Storm That May Never Come

The rains the past few months have not caused any additional damage at the Las Tunas State Beach Project in Malibu along PCH.  Even high surf has attempted to batter the shore, but with protection from the wave breaker, and the sea wall being 60 percent complete, the slopes are well protected.  

Previous blogs: 

Progress at Las Tunas State Beach Wave Breaker
Wave Breaker Construction and Shoreline Restoration Begins Along Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1)
The sea wall and wave breaker is comprised of thousands of boulders weighing from a half-ton to 8 tons.  The sea wall receives support from shotcrete  and geotextiles to protect the slopes.  Boulders from the wave breaker will eventually be used to in the construction of the sea wall. 

Our contractor Nordic Industries has worked non-stop, only slowed by regular high tides, working in front of one of most impressive backdrops on the west coast, while violent waves crash against boulders nearby.  The contractor crews and Caltrans inspectors can be seen working late at night or during the day.

Once the sea wall is complete, the contractor will begin to construct the beach access trails.

This project is expected to finish by April.