(photo by Brandon Wise)

PCH — Those who drive north along Pacific Coast Highway will have one less lane to use for the next six months.

Work will start Oct. 26 to stabilize 1.6 miles of the historic Palisades Bluffs in Santa Monica, forcing construction crews to close the northbound lane nearest to the bluffs between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The closure, which will be in effect until April 30, 2010, will start at the McClure Tunnel and end at Santa Monica’s northern border near Entrada Drive.

The stabilization project involves the installation of 82 horizontal drains north of the California Incline to remove groundwater that accumulates behind the bluff face to minimize future landslides. The project also involves debris removal at several locations, and a limited demonstration of surface grouting and soil nailing methods within a section of the bluffs that is visually hidden from PCH.

The project is 80 percent funded by federal funds, with a 20 percent local match from Redevelopment Agency funds. The total project cost including construction and contingencies is estimated to not exceed $2,380,983, according to a city staff report.

For more information on the project or road closures, call the project hotline at (866) 755-7679 or visit www.PCHPartners.org. PCH Partners consists of representatives from the cities of Los Angeles, Malibu, Santa Monica, and Caltrans working together to coordinate construction projects to minimize traffic impacts on PCH. Sign up for project news via the PCH Partner’s Twitter site at www.twitter.com/pchpartners.

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