Expect A PCH Snarl This Fri-Sat-Sun, But No Water Shortage, During Big Water Main Repairs
Written by 991KBU on February 12, 2020
A pipe that has been leaking water for years near the right lane of PCH at the Bel Air Bay Club will be fixed this weekend.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that one lane of eastbound PCH will be closed, heading towards Santa Monica just past Sunset Blvd. for three, days and nights.
La County water officials tell KBUU News that they have filled all of their water tanks in Malibu.
“All the tanks are full and we will not have any problems” from water shortages as the main supply pipe is patched, Dave Rydman told KBUU.
Nearly all of the water in Topanga Canyon and Malibu arrives via one pipeline from a treatment center near Culver City. The very western tip of Malibu also has a connection over Encinal Canyon Road to water supplies from the Las Virgenes Water District, but that interconnection is very small.
The biggest impact is expected to be on traffic, as one of two lanes on eastbound PCH is lost starting Friday morning, through Sunday. The road is also known as southbound California 1.
“We will be working 24 hours” Rydman said.
The leak has been sending a “wet spot” onto the southbound lanes for more than 10 years, as visible to drivers. “We didn’t think it was a leak, but now we are of the opinion that it needs to be fixed,” he told KBUU Radio.
The water main repair is near where construction is underway on a widening project at the double set of S-curves. pedestrians and bicylcists will be able to connect from Will Rogers Beach to the beach near Sunset Boulevard, as that project is finished.