Topanga Canyon Blvd Reopens – Finally!

TCB Road Cleared

FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, 5/31/24 – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the reopening of Topanga Canyon Boulevard ahead of schedule on Sunday, June 2.

Original estimates had the reopening of this important route that connects Malibu to the western San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County scheduled for this fall. Caltrans crews have been working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to stabilize the area and clear the roadway to open the boulevard fully with occasional one-way traffic controls as emergency repairs continue on the highway.

“I cannot overstate just how important it has been for the state and everyone involved to see Topanga Canyon Boulevard open as quickly and as safely as possible. Thanks to the diligent efforts by the state along with crews assisting on the ground and the support of locals, this repair work has exceeded all our expectations by opening months ahead of initial estimates.”–Governor Gavin Newsom

In March, storms blasted California, bringing with it high winds and heavy precipitation. As a result, multiple communities experienced serious damage to roadways including Topanga Canyon Boulevard where the hillside slid onto the highway, bringing down dirt and rocks, including a car-sized boulder.

The unstable conditions of the slope above the roadside initially prevented repairs, as the area was too dangerous for work crews. This blockage cut off access for local residents, including the community of Topanga, which faced hours-long detours and the loss of revenue to local businesses. Topanga Canyon Boulevard is the evacuation route for Topanga Canyon, making the reopening of this highway especially critical as fire season approaches.

On May 3, the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency to help secure federal funding to repair damage to roads battered during March storms, including State Route 27/Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

Click here to review a video message from Governor Newsom announcing the opening of Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

TOWN COUNCIL NOTE

Caltrans will begin installing netting on the hillside and do other work to secure the area. But at least Topangans will now have safe access to PCH. Be mindful of the flaggers and use caution as you drive through.  Rightfully so, many people have felt frustration over the road closure experience.  There are certainly lessons to be learned, procedures that can be modified,  communication channels to be expounded upon, and permanent standards of operation to be historically preserved.  We encourage Topangans to participate in the next Topanga Town Council virtual meeting on Thursday, June 20, at 6pm* to voice their constructive concerns and suggestions, and to get the latest updates from Caltrans and government representatives.  More meeting info and a Zoom link coming soon.  If you have not already done so, give us your email so we can add you to the meeting announcements and monthly newsletter.  Send your email address to:  contact@topangatowncouncil.org.

A heartfelt thanks to all the local volunteers that have been spending countless hours in meetings with the various powers to be pushing for the boulevard to reopen, getting the Tuna/PCH traffic signal installed (and functioning properly), getting local county road hazards repaired, adapting Caltrans CMS signage to include “Topanga Town Open”, meeting with businesses to help secure grants and loans, and so much more.  We also are grateful to you for pushing out timely and accurate information to the community. Your dedication kept a spotlight on the issue and certainly made a difference. You will definitely have a paved road to heaven!

*Note: The Town Council meeting has moved from the 3rd Wednesday because of the Juneteenth National Independence Day recognized holiday.  The meeting is now on the following day.