2017-01-20 / Front Page
118 reduced to one lane through February
Work to repair storm damage
Earlier this week the California Department of Transportation began emergency repairs on state Route 118 west of Moorpark.
These repairs to fix recent storm damage will continue through February and are likely to cause traffic delays.
Caltrans advises drivers to use other routes or plan for delays when traveling on the two-lane SR118 between Moorpark and the Oxnard-Ventura area.
December storms created heavy runoff that caused severe erosion, undermining the shoulder of the road.
Caltrans is repairing the slope on an emergency basis to prevent damage to the highway lanes and utility lines along the shoulder of the road.
The work area is between Sand Canyon Road and Balcom Canyon Road, approximately three miles west of Moorpark.
While the repair work is underway, one lane of SR118 will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, in the work area.
Only one lane will be available for traffic going in both directions. A flag crew will direct drivers while one-way traffic control is in effect.
No lane closure will occur on the weekends.
Warning signs will be in place to alert drivers about the closure.
The lane closure is estimated to be in effect at least until late February. The work schedule is weather permitting and is subject to change.
Burns Pacific Construction Inc. is the contractor on the $530,000 project, which is being paid from state funds.
The project involves repairing up to 500 linear feet of slope along the shoulder of the road, including placing boulders and drainage repair for slope protection.