Expect Traffic Due to Construction on Tuna Canyon Starting July 23


Malibu drivers may experience some light traffic starting next week west of Tuna Canyon Road. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be working to fix an eroded slope above Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) beginning July 23 and continuing through Sept. 23.

There will be no closures of PCH; however, the one-way portion of Tuna Canyon will become two-way with a traffic control flagging operation. This will allow heavy-duty equipment to enter the work site more easily.

Motorists will be limited to one-way traffic on Tuna Canyon.  For this reason, Caltrans tells motorists to expect five- to seven-minute delays, and perhaps minor delays going through PCH as well.

Construction will take place during traditional weekday hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The contractor is Procon Builders Inc. of Chatsworth, Calif.

This region has been a hotspot for recent construction. Just last month, Caltrans finished its eight-month project to build a sea wall for this “active slide area” as protection against El Niño erosion. Although the effects of El Niño were was not as intense as predicted, the wall nevertheless provided protection to PCH from wave damage and slope erosion. The project also included construction of a paved parking lot on the south end of the project and building natural beach access to trails.