The Orange County Public Works Department is in the process of building a 48-foot wall at the base of Cove Road to prevent rockslides from the bluff/cliff side from rolling onto the roadway. Photo: Eric Heinz
The Orange County Public Works Department is in the process of building a 48-foot wall at the base of Cove Road to prevent rockslides from the bluff/cliff side from rolling onto the roadway. Photo: Eric Heinz

By Andrea Swayne

Following an Oct. 6 rockslide that brought basketball-sized boulders rolling down onto Cove Road from the bluffs above and necessitating the road’s closure, the county is building a wall as a precautionary measure.

A welder works on the new Cove Road retaining wall. Photo: Eric Heinz
A welder works on the new Cove Road retaining wall. Photo: Eric Heinz

According to a letter from Khalid Basmi, assistant director and county engineer for the Orange County Public Works Department, the department consulted with a geotechnical consultant to work out a long-range solution for the potential of future rockslides in the area—on county land at the intersection of Cove Road and Dana Point Harbor Drive.

On Oct. 9, OC Public Works terraced the K-rail barriers, added signage and reopened the road.

The Orange County Public Works Department is in the process of building a 48-foot wall at the base of Cove Road to prevent rockslides from the bluff/cliff side from rolling onto the roadway. Photo: Eric Heinz
The Orange County Public Works Department is in the process of building a 48-foot wall at the base of Cove Road to prevent rockslides from the bluff/cliff side from rolling onto the roadway. Photo: Eric Heinz

On Oct. 12, dislodged rocks on the bluff/cliff side were removed the construction of a 48-foot-long soldier and beam wall was started.

During construction the road will be closed during weekdays and open on weekends.

The wall is expected to be complete by Friday, Oct. 30.

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