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Lanes of the Pacific Coast Highway will be closed in the coming week as workers paint new lane markers between Santa Monica and Malibu.

The California Department of Transportation announced the work Monday saying one lane in each direction will be closed through Friday, May 25. Closures will run along the 26-mile stretch of road from the McClure Tunnel to Decker Canyon Road (State Route 23) in Malibu.

Caltrans Public Information Officer Eric Menjivar said crews will close limited sections of the road as they paint and could alternate between sections or lanes as they work throughout the night. Closures will begin at 8 p.m. and last through 6 a.m. The closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

He said no detours will be required because crews will only close one lane in each direction at a time. “At least one lane will be open in those work areas,” he said. “People should just slow down and watch out for the workers’ safety. Once they get through that area they will be able to hop back into two lanes like they usually would.”

Menjivar said the work will improve safety on the road by creating clear lines that will help drivers keep to their lanes.

“It will make it safer and easier for maintenance crews to clean up slides and to make sure drivers and cyclists are in well delineated lanes,” he said.

Menjivar said California drivers will see more traffic safety improvements on freeways and highways as a result of SB 1, the state’s new transportation funding. He said an unconnected project at near the Ventura County line will involve resurfacing work but that work might require warmer temperatures to pour asphalt.

To find transportation projects in Los Angeles and Ventura County that Caltrans and local communities are investing in with SB 1 revenue, visit

All American Asphalt of Corona, Calif. and Cal Stripe, of Colton, Calif. are the contractors for the PCH painting work.

Drivers are reminded to be “Work Zone Alert” and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...