Caltrans crews worked today to install cement barriers and fencing on a section of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, where a small section of rock cliff collapsed onto the road Monday night.
One lane of westbound PCH was closed overnight and much of the day for several hundred feet on the eastern end of Malibu — about a half-mile west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard — while geologists examined the rock face.
“The rocks were all cleaned up overnight, but our guys need to install 10 sections of K-rail and put in a fence on top of it,” Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler told City News Service.
“They should be done at the end of the day,” he said.
Rocks, some about the size of microwave ovens, fell from the cliff onto the pavement around 7:20 p.m. Monday, but no cars were hit, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said.
The rockfall occurred between two sections of cliffs that were cut back, with hundreds of truckloads of debris carted off, after major landslides in the late 1990s.
Almost an inch of rain fell in that area Saturday and Sunday.
The road carries about 45,000 cars per day between Santa Monica and Malibu, according to the state.