Two Lanes on PCH in Malibu to Remain Closed Until Tuesday Morning

Two lanes of Pacific Coast Highway south near Big Rock Drive will remain closed until Tuesday morning as crews work to repair roadway  damage caused by a private contractor drilling under the highway, according to Caltrans.

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The drilling work caused a  “bulge in the roadway,” forcing the closure of one lane in each direction, Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler said.

Chandler said the contracting company, which was working on a private residential construction project, hit a large rock while drilling under the road, causing the damage.

The lane closures could last until 8 a.m. Tuesday, and traffic delays are expected.

“This could cause some serious backup,” Chandler said.

He added that the damaging work was done solely by a private contractor, and was not related to a nearby Caltrans wave-breaker project at Las Tunas Beach, which also has caused lane closures from La Tuna Canyon Road to Topanga Canyon Boulevard.