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Highway 33 Closed For Rock Slide Removal

By Claire Scholl, NewsChannel 3 Assignment Editor, assignmentdesk@keyt.com
Published On: Mar 11 2014 07:18:30 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 11 2014 07:54:54 PM CDT
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Credit: Robert Kilpatrick, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. -

A rock slide created a big roadblock for drivers in northern Ventura County.

Highway 33 will remain closed to all drivers- except for residents for the next two to three weeks. The road has been shut down since heavy storms moved through the area in the beginning of March.

Caltrans is removing rocks from the slopes and trying to prevent future rock slides. Officials said the contractor will use long-reach excavators to remove loose rocks from the slopes. 

A temporary steel wall has been installed to prevent rocks from falling into the creek below during excavation. 

Two feet of dirt will be placed on the roadway to prevent damage to the pavement.

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