Pacific Coast Highway reopens after major cleanup – Orange County Register

The Pacific Coast Highway was open to traffic in both directions on Wednesday, January 25 afternoon after seawater flooded the highway during mid-morning high tide.

While Caltrans was able to open the northbound lanes late Tuesday night, crews continued to shovel wet sand and debris from the southbound lanes through the first half of Wednesday before being able to open the rest just after 3 p.m. — just in time for the afternoon rush -hour traffic.

Four parking lots and the multi-use trail at Bolsa Chica State Beach remain closed while workers continue to clean up the mess and determine the extent of damage from the seawater. Cracking in one of the lots has already been identified.

The closures mean the loss of 850 parking spaces until it is determined that the parking lots are safe to reopen, state parks superintendent Kevin Pearsall said.

Engineers are expected to come out early next week to assess the stability of the properties, which are built of concrete on sand, he said.

Car parks in Bolsa Chica have been closed for three weeks due to the waves and storms that battered the area earlier this month.

The Pacific Coast Highway was flooded on Tuesday for the fifth time this month, according to Caltrans.

Recent waves and tides have battered beaches along the California coast, flooded roads in areas such as Sunset Beach, Newport Beach and Long Beach, snapped wooden pilings from Seal Beach Pier and caused severe erosion on some shorelines. Pacific Coast Highway reopens after major cleanup – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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