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Overnight Full Closures of Topanga Canyon Blvd (SR-27) for Slope Repair


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Motorists will be detoured to Malibu Canyon Road and Las Virgenes Road

Full overnight closures of Topanga Canyon Blvd (SR-27) between Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) and Grand View Dr. near Jalan Jalan, Imports will take place from 10:00pm to 5:00am daily beginning Monday April 29 though Thursday May 2. CalTrans is closing TCB at night to repair and restore eroded slope embankments along the highway. This year, the hillsides along TCB had multiple rock and debris slides onto the highway, triggering full closures of TCB, sometimes for days. 

Topanga Canyon Blvd Traffic Photo By Kriss Perras
Topanga Canyon Blvd Traffic Photo By Kriss Perras

Signs are currently posted advising motorists to use US-101, Las Virgenes Road and Malibu Canyon Road as alternate routes. Motorists should expect delays and are strongly advised to use alternate routes or avoid the area. The town of Topanga will remain open to motorists.

Motorists will be detoured to Malibu Canyon Road and Las Virgenes Road.” Eric Menjivar, CalTrans District 7 Information Officer

Drivers can check traffic conditions before they leave by visiting the Caltrans Quickmap.

ON THE WEB:

http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov


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Overnight Full Closures of Topanga Canyon Blvd (SR-27) Next Week


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Motorists should expect full closures of Topanga Canyon Blvd (State Route 27) the week of April 8 through April 11 from 10:00pm to 5:00am, said the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in an announcement. The closure will take place from the Pacific Coast Highway to Grand View Dr., near Jalan Jalan Imports, for an emergency repair and restoration project of the slopes after a winter of hard rains that have eroded the embankments along SR27 in Topanga. 

Kriss Perras headshot by Alan Weissman

By Lance Simmens

Photo Courtesy CalTrans

There have been multiple rock and debris slides here that have shut down the highway for full and partial closures many times for days over the winter and spring.

There have been multiple rock and debris slides here that have shut down the highway for full and partial closures many times for days over the winter and spring.

CalTrans warns traffic will be diverted to Malibu Canyon, the 101 and Las Virgenes as alternate routes. Motorists should expect long delays and are strongly advised to use these alternate routes or avoid Topanga Canyon Blvd altogether. The Town of Topanga is still open for business during the closures. Motorists can access Topanga from the Valley side of Topanga Canyon Blvd to visit the businesses of Topanga.

Drivers can check traffic conditions before they leave by visiting the Caltrans Quickmap

CalTrans states the work is weather permitting.

ON THE WEB:

http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov


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55 Hour Closure of Topanga Canyon Blvd Between Jalan Jalan And PCH

CalTrans announced a 55 hour full closure of Topanga Canyon Blvd (State Route 27) between Jalan Jalan near Grandview in Topanga and Pacific Coast Highway. The closure will begin Friday July 27 at 9:00 pm and end Monday July 30 at 5:00 am.

During the full closure, Topanga Town is still open for business.

“Motorists should expect delays and are strongly advised to use alternate routes or avoid the area. Additionally, the California Highway Patrol will be assisting with traffic control and detouring traffic in the area,” said Eric Manjivar, Public Information Officer for CalTrans District 7.

Joseph Rosendo, the Topanga Chamber of Commerce Community Liaison, and Roger Pugliese, Chair of the Topanga Association For A Scenic Community, Director at Large with the Chamber, both have been hard at work communicating CalTrans on the closure.

“Caltrans has been planning and coordinating with State Parks, County and State elected representatives, the Topanga Chamber of Commerce, the Topanga Association for a Scenic Community and other Topanga organizations to do Emergency repair work on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The planned work will take place at mile marker 1.0 and mile marker 1.2. These locations are across from the K-Rail and fencing that was put up within the Scenic Highway after the winter mudslides,” said Rosendo to his Chamber members in their communications about the closure. “Beginning next Monday July 23rd Caltrans will begin transporting material to the sites between 9am until 2pm, which may require the closure of one lane of the boulevard near the sites periodically during the week.  A coordinated effort using Caltrans flagmen will be made to move traffic through the sites as quickly as possible.”

CalTrans signs advising motorists to use US 101, Las Virgenes Road, and Malibu Canyon Road as an alternate route are already in place at entrances to the Canyon.

“In addition, during the closure signs and personnel will be stationed at Fernwood Pacific and TCB and Grandview and TCB alerting drivers to the congested driving condition on both of those roads and suggest travelers take alternate routes to PCH, such as Malibu Canyon, Kanan Dume Road or using a combination of the 101, 405 and 10 Freeways,” said Rosendo.

The Topanga Chamber of Commerce emphasized Topanga Town is still open for business during the closure.

“People will be able to get from the Valley via Topanga Canyon Blvd and Old Topanga Canyon to Topanga’s shops, restaurants, library, art galleries and other businesses,” said Rosendo. “Theatrical Botanicum’s repertoire of plays will continue as scheduled, weddings and receptions planned for the Inn of the Seventh Ray and 1909 will also go on as planned. Once again, there will be open access to all Topanga businesses from the valley! The complete closure is from Jalan, Jalan to Pacific Coast Highway only, and only from July 27th from 9:00pm to Monday July 30 at 5:00am.”

Drivers can check traffic conditions before they leave by visiting CalTRans QuickMap: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov

Caltrans Plans $13.7M Project On PCH In Malibu

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The daily slog through Topanga Canyon for the commuter and local alike is getting to be quite the headache. On a regular basis, the average time to traverse the Canyon from Topanga Canyon Blvd and Mulholland to Topanga Canyon Blvd and Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is forty five minutes to an hour. And then there’s the commute on PCH either direction. Whether you head toward Santa Monica or Malibu, traffic continues to be a headache. One sees taillights as far as the eye can see in the Canyon and all the way down PCH both directions. Ten years ago, the Canyon commute was not this bad. PCH was still a bit of a drag to drive to work or for recreation, but not like today.

Kriss Perras headshot by Alan Weissman

By Rick Paulas

“Our traffic management team is able to regularly monitor traffic flow,” said Tim Weisberg, Public Information Officer for California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in an interview. “In cases of high congestion, we can evaluate means to ease traffic flow including working with partner agencies, like the city and county, as well as taking in community input.”

The estimated $13.7 million project involves installing adaptive signal control systems, traffic loops and sensors and developing timing plans,” said Weisberg.

PCH is a State highway and is therefore controlled and maintained by Caltrans. The City of Malibu nor does the Township of Topanga have control over the operation or maintenance of PCH. It is the main thoroughfare for Malibu for a distance of approximately 21 miles, and the manner in which drivers get to Topanga Canyon from the coast. PCH serves many business and gives residents access to their homes and beachgoers and locals alike access to ocean fun.

These two roads, Topanga Canyon Blvd and PCH, have an economy between them. If the light at the bottom of Topanga Canyon Blvd and PCH stays green for traffic on PCH too long, then traffic on the Blvd gets snarled. If the light stays green too long for the Blvd traffic, then the cars on PCH become a bottleneck that backs up for miles in both directions. The economics of these lights is governed by Caltrans.

“Caltrans is doing a traffic analysis on the Topanga Canyon Boulevard and State Route 1 (PCH) signal to determine proper traffic timing,” said Weisberg. “We are also in the process of planning a signal system improvement project along PCH that includes the Topanga Canyon Blvd. signal. The estimated $13.7 million project involves installing adaptive signal control systems, traffic loops and sensors and developing timing plans. This is from Topanga Canyon Blvd. to just past John Tyler Drive, below Pepperdine. The goal is to ease traffic congestion and provide an efficient transportation corridor for drivers along PCH that travel through Malibu. The construction phase is estimated to start in Fall 2022.”

 

(VIDEO time lapse: Topanga Canyon Blvd Pine Tree Circle Light)

Cars and motorcyclists on Topanga Canyon Blvd are currently being stopped by two traffic light patterns. One is the light at Topanga Canyon Blvd and PCH. The other is at Topanga Canyon Blvd and Pine Tree Circle in Topanga. These two lights cause a traffic backup that makes the Canyon commuter and local’s drive take an hour down to the bottom of the Canyon hill.

“The City of Malibu conducted a PCH Traffic Study in 2015 that focused on safety, but did include traffic counts at all of the intersections on PCH, including Topanga and PCH,” said Malibu CIty Manager Reva Feldman.

This 2015 study found commuters use the two roads to get to and from work and for recreational purposes and this particular intersection, PCH and Topanga Canyon Blvd., has the most traffic.

“During the peak hours, weekdays a.m. and p.m., and weekend midday, the intersection of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and PCH has the highest volume throughout the study corridor,” concluded the study.

There were several intersections studied for traffic volume by the National Data & Surveying Services (NDS) in this study including but not limited to PCH and the following streets: Decker Canyon Road, Kanan Dume, Malibu Canyon Road, Cross Creek, Rambla Pacifico and Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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UPDATED: Topanga Canyon Blvd Closures Again This Weekend

UPDATED October 1, 2017 2:11 p.m.: The contractor assigned to complete repairs on Topanga Canyon Blvd this weekend has finished work early. Topanga Canyon Blvd will be open for regular traffic tonight, said Tim Weisberg, Public Information Officer for Caltrans to the press.

 

September 30, 2017: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced it will close a four-mile section of Topanga Canyon Boulevard (State Route 27) in both directions this weekend for repairs. A four mile section of the Canyon road will be closed from 9 pm to 5 am on September 30 and October 1.

“This weekend’s repairs are intended to limit the potential threat of slides, and prevent rocks and other debris from falling into lanes of SR-27, leading to further closures during the next rainy season,” said Weisberg in a statement about the closure.

Caltrans is working to repair damage from the June wildfire that burned more than 50 acres and temporarily closed Topanga Canyon Blvd at that time. This same section of highway was again damaged by severe winter storms in January due to rock and other debris slides.

This weekend’s work will include putting in place a temporary rock fall fence, installing netting to catch rocks and falling debris and making other necessary repairs to slopes along the Blvd damaged in the wildfire.

The closure area will be closed to bikes and pedestrian access in addition to vehicles.

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