The northbound lanes of Coast Highway, south of El Morro Elementary School in Laguna Beach, were closed for about six hours Tuesday as a road crew worked to stabilize a slope above the highway, which had fractured through erosion, according to Caltrans officials. The lanes were reopened at 3 p.m. but the No. 2 northbound lane will be closed again, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, so that workers can remove embankment material, said Gloria Roberts, a spokeswoman for Caltrans' District 12 office in Irvine.
Meanwhile, Newport Beach officials said in a bulletin posted on the city's website that, on Nov. 29, Caltrans will start a longer-term emergency repair project to fix a second unstable stretch of Coast Highway between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar. Emergency road repairs will begin then on an embankment along the highway's southbound side at Crystal Cove State Park, which has deteriorated through storm water runoff, Newport officials said.