[Update, Sunday:] The LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors reported on Saturday evening that the Westward Beach access road was impassible due to erosion. "It's worse than it was before," a representative from the department wrote, including a photograph showing the majority of the roadway washed away.

Erosion

What remained of the Westward Beach access road on Saturday


[Friday, Aug. 20:] Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors and the City of Malibu announced on Thursday that the Westward Beach parking lot and entry road would be closed indefinitely due to erosion from high tides and waves over the previous days.

County workers were on site throughout the day on Friday, Aug. 20, to shore up the already heavily eroded roadway where large chunks of asphalt and pavement had already broken off into the surf. On Friday afternoon, backhoes could be seen unloading large boulders to work as a temporary guard against waves predicted to reach 6.7 feet on Friday evening's high tide.

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A lamppost close to the eroded area. Personnel on scene expressed concern further wave action could damage or knock down the pole on Friday.

"The high tides over the past few nights have undermined the access road to the Point Dume parking lots," LA County Beaches and Harbors posted on social media on Friday. "We’re placing boulders to try to prevent further damage tonight. The parking lots and access road are closed. We don’t know when they’ll reopen."

The emergency work was undertaken amid hazardous ocean conditions.

"A {BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT} is in effect through Saturday evening as a significant South Swell fills in to Los Angeles County. Elevated surf, high tides, and strong current lateral and rip currents will exist at all beach locations! Swim/Surf in front of an OPEN Lifeguard Tower," LA County Lifeguards tweeted. 

The dangerous conditions were expected to last through the day on Saturday.

(1) comment

James Dixon

The State or County will most likely pile a bunch of boulders into a seawall next to eroded Point Dume State Beach access roadway in order to repair the old road. However, this solution will cause water flow to accelerate to the east and west of the new seawall, causing further erosion of what sandy beach is left. Seawalls made of boulders have caused severe erosion everywhere they have been constructed. The the first seawall constructed along Broad Beach, just east of Trancas Point, caused the prolonged devastating erosion that led to the construction of the entire Broad Beach seawall. And, the seawall constructed as a footing for the public parking lot at PCH and Coastline drive is the direct cause of the lose of sandy beach at South Topanga Beach and the east end of Will Rogers State Beach. Wait, less sandy beach means less public visiting Malibu. I retract my first observation.

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