Work is scheduled to begin Monday, October 26th, on a project to stabilize 1.6 miles of the historic Palisades Bluffs in Santa Monica along Pacific Coast Highway.

The northbound lane nearest to the bluffs on Pacific Coast Highway, from the McClure Tunnel to Santa Monica’s northerly limits near Entrada Drive, will be temporarily closed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday until April 30th, 2010, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The department has issued an encroachment permit to the city that allows the closure.

City officials note that the project is critical to “preserving an important recreational and visual resource that has been a prominent part of Santa Monica for many years.”

The federally-funded project, which is being managed by the city’s Public Works Department, is expected to reduce the risk of future landslides and bluffs erosion.

For more information on the project or road closures, the Project Hotline at (866) 755-7679 or

PCH Partners consists of representatives from Caltrans and the cities of Los Angeles, Malibu and Santa Monica, working together to coordinate construction projects to minimize traffic impacts on PCH.