Cove Road was closed Tuesday morning due to a rockslide. Photo: Andrea Swayne
Cove Road was closed Tuesday morning due to a rockslide. Photo: Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Swayne

Cove Road at the Dana Point Harbor, and portions of the Cove Road parking lot were closed around 8 a.m. Tuesday due to a small rockslide, authorities said.

Basketball-sized boulders rolled down the bluff onto Cove Road near its intersection with Dana Point Harbor Drive.

By 10:20 a.m. the rocks had been removed but the road remained closed as a precaution.

According to Kory McCain, senior park ranger for OC Parks south coastal operations, no injuries or damage to vehicles were reported.

“We want to make sure the hillside is safe for pedestrians and motorists before we reopen the road,” McCain said.

Loose boulders on the bluff above Cove Road have led officials to keep the road closed as a precaution after a rockslide sent rocks the size of basketballs rolling down onto the road Tuesday. Photo: Andrea Swayne
Loose boulders on the bluff above Cove Road have led officials to keep the road closed as a precaution after a rockslide sent rocks the size of basketballs rolling down onto the road Tuesday. Photo: Andrea Swayne

Additional cause for concern exists due to few large rocks near the top of the bluff that appear to have been loosened by the slide.

As of 11 a.m. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies and OC Parks rangers remained on scene waiting for an all-clear from a county expert before reopening the road.

Officials at the scene said there is currently no time estimate for when the road will reopen.

Access to Baby Beach and the Ocean Institute via Dana Point Harbor Drive is unaffected.

 

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  • Would love to see sidewalk here. It’s great views while on an walk up and down, but would be safer with proper sidewalk, one way for cars.

    • OK to make a sidewalk, but there are many, many, many harbor workers, boaters, paddleboarders, etc that use that road and shouldn’t be wasting gas and time going a few miles out of their way to accomodate walkers who have so many walkways at the marina to enjoy!! PLEASE don’t take our roadway away.

  • We do need a sidewalk

  • As our local and tourist populations grow, many more pedestrians and bicyclists utilize Cove Rd. The road is not safe for the current mixed use. I would like to see a feasability study to construct a sidewalk on the down slope side of the road that would at least accomodate walkers/joggers. I realize that it would require a cantalever approach to accomplish this but safety demands some kind of solution.

  • I’d like to see a bike lane / walking lane alongside the road and/or a sidewalk. Realistically, Cove Road is a difficult case, but the time to fix it is now while work is ongoing. I ride this road all the time for training, as do many advanced cyclists. Adding 3 feet to the width on each side, especially on the turn would increase safety, as would just about any width increase they could eke out. As a cyclist I think we could learn to work with the occasional walker/runner in recognition of the difficulty of separating bike, pedestrian and auto traffic. Most peds are very accommodating as it is and seem to recognize the difficulties of the cyclists, and vice versa. The problem arises due to automobiles who occasionally refuse to “share the road”. I should point out that nearly everywhere a share the road sign is posted, the trailered signs most commonly used pose more of a hazard than benefit! Please for gods sake don’t put these in the road! Also, putting drainage grates across the entire bike lane as on PCH is really a bad design and forces some bikers into traffic. Most road bikes cannot safely negotiate these drains. Make the drain longer and less wide by at least half. Having complained however, thanks to all who are working to make peds, bikers safer…

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