Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Caltrans Rock Climbers To Remove Loose Rocks on Slopes Above PCH (SR-1)

Caltrans heavy equipment operator/scaler, climbs a slope above PCH near Pt. Mugu
Caltrans will intermittently close Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) between Big Rock Road and Peña Creek Road, Tuesday, April 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as Caltrans rock climbers remove loose rocks and debris from the slopes along the highway. Motorists should expect 15 to 20 minutes delays.  

Caltrans rock climbers or scalers are composed of employees from the division of maintenance and engineering geologists.  Rock climbers help maintain and protect slopes along 3,000 miles of state highways by physically removing marginally stable or unstable rocks from the face of a rock slope with crowbars, hands, feet, airbags, and explosives.

Each rock climber is certified and attends an intensive bank scaling and rock climbing training course in Kingvale, California. 

Here's an example of the type of work our scalers have done:
The California Highway Patrol will be on duty.  Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.