Caltrans works to stabilize hillside, repair drains near Placerita Canyon Road off ramp

Clouds move over the 14 freeway in Canyon Country on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. KATHARINE LOTZE/Signal

For the next month, residents and commuters can expect to see trucks and excavators working on a precarious hillside on the northbound 14 freeway just south of Placerita Canyon Road.

The construction efforts are part of a Caltrans “emergency project” to repair damages to the freeway hillside caused by this year’s severe winter storms.

“It is to remove some material from the slopes, material that was loosened in the winter storms,” said Miichael Comeaux, public information officer for Caltrans District 7.  “It also involves repairing the drainage system along the slope that need some repair as a result of this storm damage.”

The storms, as well as erosion, loosened rock and materials on the hillside that is “susceptible to coming down in the future,” according to Comeaux.

A contractor working on behalf of Caltrans will spend the next month removing that material and repairing the damaged drainage systems.

The construction will also affect traffic along a small stretch of the northbound 14, with closures at the Newhall Avenue on ramp, Placerita Canyon Road off ramp and in the No. 3 lane of the freeway between the two freeway access points.

“The off ramp and No. 3 lane on freeway will be closed every day the crews are working,” Comeaux said.

Closures are anticipated to continue for about a month, with potential weekend closures as well.

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