Dana Point Times, Updated January 13 at 3 p.m.
A stretch of Coast Highway connecting Dana Point and San Clemente was shut down for nearly six hours Friday, January 10 after two large boulders crashed into the roadway, authorities said.
No injuries were reported from the apparent rock slide that saw Coast Highway closed in both directions from Beach Road to Camino Capistrano. The roadway was closed from around 4 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., said Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jeff Hallock. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said on its Twitter account at 10:22 a.m. that all traffic lanes were reopened.
Rockslides in the area are not uncommon, said Public Works and Engineering Director Brad Fowler. City crews responded to the disruption and broke up the boulders before hauling them away, he said.
Concrete railing along much of the area’s Coast Highway bluff block small slides from impacting traffic, Folwer said, noting that periodically the system experiences failures. Fowler said the city brought in its geological technician and checked for additional instabilities near bluff top residences.
“We encourage, particularly homeowners, to stay away from the addition of water,” Fowler said. “We didn’t see any evidence of that. It was just weathering over time.”