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Pacific Coast Highway reopened after landslide in Pacific Palisades

March 22, 2013 |  7:33 am

Work crews clear debris after a landslide closed Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Pacific Coast Highway north of Santa Monica is open again after a landslide forced crews to close the northbound lanes while they cleared away the debris.

The closure Thursday blocked northbound PCH traffic in Pacific Palisades between Temescal Canyon Road and Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades. The distance was short, but “the effect was much larger,” said Caltrans engineer Patrick Chandler.

By 3 p.m. Thursday, crews had cleared the roadway and opened up traffic again.

A geologist with the agency and a private expert hired by the property owner above the highway agreed to cut down a tree along the hillside but keep its stump and roots remaining.

Caltrans has lined the road’s shoulder with six K-rails, or concrete barriers.

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Photo: Work crews clear debris after a landslide closed Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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