MALIBU — A segment of State Route 23 (Decker Road) in the city of Malibu is closed for several days this week as crews work on slopes along the highway, removing and hauling away rocks that were loosened by erosion during severe storms in January.
Crews also will remove other unstable slope material and install wire mesh anchored with rock bolts to prevent future slides.
The full closure is being conducted nonstop, around the clock, beginning today and is scheduled to end by approximately 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, weather permitting. The schedule is subject to change. Limited access for emergency vehicles, deliveries and residents in the closed area will be provided when safely possible.
Following the full closure, limited closures will be in effect daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. through March, with only a single lane available for all vehicles. Flaggers will direct drivers while the one-way traffic control is in effect.
Until the project is completed, drivers using SR-23 in that area should expect lengthy delays. Caltrans strongly advises drivers to use other routes if possible. The work is estimated to continue through March.
The full closure is occurring this week on a section of the two-lane SR-23 between State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) and post mile 1.55, north of Decker Edison Road.
Access Limited Construction Co. of San Luis Obispo County is the contractor on the approximately $2 million emergency project.
Flagging is scheduled to occur seven days a week from Feb. 4 to Feb. 12, and on a Monday-to-Friday basis from Feb. 13 until the project is finished.
Caltrans urges motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”