The Disappearing Great Highway

Erosion forces lane closures until summer

By Jessica Greene
|  Thursday, Jan 21, 2010  |  Updated 11:00 AM PDT
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The City already closed one of the two lanes last month after waves washed away a massive chunk of the bluff.

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One route through San Francisco is now shut down because of the latest round of storms.

Both southbound lanes of the Great Highway near Sloat Boulevard will be closed until summer. City officials ordered the closure Wednesday in an effort to keep the stretch from falling into the ocean.

The City already closed one of the two lanes last month after waves washed away a massive chunk of the bluff.

The Department of Public Works is looking to bring in contractors to help boost the roadway over the next couple weeks, an agancy spoksewoman told the Chronicle. Some of the fix options include a system of boulders at the base of the cliff with a cement wall ultimately going in as a more permanent fix.

A detour will take drivers east of Sloat toward Skyline. Northbound lanes will remain open. Barriers are in place to redirect traffic.

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