California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: Feburary 18, 2015
District: Headquarters - Sacramento
Contact:  Tamie McGowen
Phone:  (916) 657-5060


SACRAMENTO - Mother Nature unleashed her fury on the Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) in Southern California, not once, but twice in two months during the 2014-15 winter storm season, requiring long-term closures of this beautiful, but fragile highway. Caltrans spokesperson Patrick Chandler talks to Resident Engineer Alan Davis as eight-ton boulders are moved into place. 

Learn about how Caltrans recycles and reuses debris as crews work hard to clear the mud, debris and loose rock from recent storms. Watch as they shore up the beachside slopes that washed away and repair the roadbed damaged by high surf during January storms.

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Caltrans opened a six-mile segment of PCH in Ventura County at the beginning of February to allow people to access area campgrounds, but the segment in Los Angeles County remains closed. We expect to open this by the end of February.

For more images of area storm damage closure and repairs, check out this interactive web page: Note the photos of the cranes lifting massive boulders.

This is the seventeenth in a series of Caltrans News Flash videos that present the wide-ranging and critical work Caltrans does to keep California moving. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or go to For more information about the department’s activities, connect with Caltrans!