September 20, 2021

Caltrans Weed Abatement On Blvd., Dec. 12-13, Possible Delays


Caltrans will conduct intermittent closures along Topanga Canyon Blvd. on Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as it pursues implementation of non-toxic methods of weed abatement, in this case spreading mulch.

As part of the May 15 landmark Topanga Canyon Boulevard Partners Project, Caltrans agreed to use mowers and other mechanical tools exclusively, instead of herbicides, to remove brush and other vegetation along the highway.

In a Dec. 11 press release, Department of Transportation's (Caltrans) Patrick Chandler said: "The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will intermittently close both directions of Topanga Canyon Boulevard (SR-27) from Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) to Navajo Lane.... Maintenance crews will be applying mulch along the highway to reduce weeds and other fire hazards. Flag control will be in place and minor delays should be expected."

Unless, there is heavy traffic, Chandler added, "It's likely the delays will last about a minute, but if traffic is heavy, they could last longer.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For the Cone Zone and Move Over. It’s the law.

Members involved in the roadside committee deliberations were ecstatic to hear the news.

"This is awesome, wrote Topanga Creek Watershed Committee chair Ben Allanoff. "The moment we have all been waiting for! Caltrans is actually using mulch instead of poison to suppress weeds!"

"This is super exciting," said Senior Deputy to County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Susan Nissman, who chaired the meetings throughout the year. "I received the notice from Patrick and actually responded how terrific it is. Thank you Caltrans! Thank you TCBRC! [We're] on our way!"