PCH lanes near Cross Creek Rd. closed at times this week


The California Department of Transportation beginning today through Friday is closing one lane of Pacific Coast Highway for approximately a half-mile from Malibu Lagoon Bridge (just east of Cross Creek Road) toward the east. A westbound lane is closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an eastbound lane is closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The closure, according to Caltrans, is for work on a $7 million, 11.6-mile paving project from Malibu Lagoon Bridge to the McClure Tunnel. The work consists of removing existing concrete pavement and replacing it with rubberized asphalt concrete. It includes removing and replacing raised pavement markers, traffic striping and markings, adjusting manhole cover heights and modifying loop detectors (speed sensors embedded in the roadway). Caltrans says the project is expected to be finished by the fall of 2009.

A Caltrans press release says after this week the work will take place at night, with rolling closures that will conclude before the morning commute.

“Motorists should anticipate only minor, if any, inconvenience,” the press release states.

—Jonathan Friedman