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Gas Main Relocation Project to Begin on PCH

The project will relocate the eight-inch diameter gas main from the inland side to the beach side of PCH near Escondido Creek.

The Southern California Gas Co. will begin relocating a gas main from one side of Pacific Coast Highway to the other next week in Malibu.

The project will focus on a 200 to 300 foot stretch of an eight-inch diameter steel gas main in the Escondido Creek area along PCH, according to Denise King, a spokeswoman for SoCal Gas.

The line will be moved from the inland side to the beach side of PCH at the request of Caltrans, King said.

"Caltrans is constructing some pylons to shore up the side of the highway," she said. 

Work will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday from Monday, Nov. 26 through Dec. 30. No lane closures are expected for that portion of the work, King said.

In mid-December, crews will work at night between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. to install the pipe across PCH.

"The highway will be reduced to two lanes. That work will be at night," King said. 

Hans Laetz November 21, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Good work Jessica! Now, we need to find out why Caltrans is asking for the gas main to be moved. Is that hillside moving? If PCH slides there, Malibu will be bifurcated.
Jessica E. Davis November 21, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Agreed that information needs to be tracked down. I can only knock on the door of one agency at a time it seems. It took me all day to get this information up!
Malibu November 25, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Remember this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_San_Bruno_pipeline_explosion
John Mazza November 26, 2012 at 06:05 PM
The uphill section near the bottom as you go south towards Gull's Way slid about 20 years ago and took out most of the highway. Caltrans put a large drain in the middle of the highway but I guess it did not work. The owners of the two vacant lots where it slid I think sued Caltrans so this is probably a fix for them.
Susan Tellem November 26, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Good Lord - it seems like Malibu is a third world country. No electricity, gas lines dicey, not enough water, bringing in sand from other cities, chickens running wild, pensions out of control...it never ends.

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