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PCH reopen after landslide closes northbound lanes at Temescal Canyon

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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:36 am

4:45 p.m. update: All northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway at Temescal Canyon Road have reopened after a landslide jammed up the roadway for more than eight hours Thursday. 

The northbound side reopened at 3 p.m., according to Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler.

12:45 p.m. update: Contrary to prior reports, northbound lanes of PCH at Temescal have not been reopened. Crews are working to cut down a tree that slid down the hillside early this morning. 

10:21 a.m. update: Southbound traffic is still slow south of Big Rock Drive but is no longer bumper to bumper. 

9 a.m. update: Caltrans believes a landslide in the Pacific Palisades early Thursday morning was caused by dirt that became over-saturated with water, according to ABC 7.

The slide brought down dirt, lawn chairs and foliage from a backyard that sits above Pacific Coast Highway just north of Temescal Canyon Road. 

Traffic remains clogged up on the southbound side of PCH through Topanga Canyon Road. Cars traveling northbound are being diverted up Temescal Canyon Road to Sunset Boulevard to get back on NB PCH. 

8 a.m. update: A landslide has closed northbound Pacific Coast Highway at Temescal Canyon Road. Northbound traffic is being diverted and long delays are expected. Southbound PCH is not blocked, but traffic is delayed.  

Southbound traffic as of 8 a.m. is backed up to Big Rock. Topanga Canyon Road is also congested with cars attempting to turn onto PCH. 

Check back with The Malibu Times with more information as it becomes available. 

Associate Editor Knowles Adkisson may be reached at or 310-456-5507 ext. 109. 

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  • Matt Horns posted at 5:41 am on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    Matt Horns Posts: 739

    Many, if not most, coastal landlides in Southern California occur in poorly-consolidated marine sediments of the Monterrey Formation. They cause pesky traffic problems and property damage in Malibu and Pacific Palisades, but farther south could be a much bigger problem. The San Onofre nuclear power plant sits on the unstable Monterrey Formation. Strong earthquake jolts there have the potential to dump the entire power plant into the ocean.

  • matthew stuart posted at 9:38 pm on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    matthew stuart Posts: 22

    [smile] glad its open, makes it easier to get home from work, matthew.