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PCH Sewer Construction to Continue

Highway lanes will continue to be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. between the Annenberg Community Beach House and Chautauqua Boulevard.

Pacific Coast Highway lanes in Santa Monica from the to Chautauqua Boulevard will continue to be affected by construction, the Los Angeles Department of Public Works announced Tuesday afternoon.

Lanes will be closed as night work continues from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on both sides of the highway. Public Information Officer Michelle Vargas previously said PCH lanes from Entrada Drive to the will be closed during those times through early next year.

The PCH closure is due to the $10 million . This involves the installation of a 4,500-foot gravity relief sewer that will stretch from Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades to the city of Santa Monica.

Roughly 3,100 feet's worth of the sewer will be built on the highway, with the other 1,400 feet being built in the parking lots at the and Will Rogers Beach. The sewer will capture storm water headed toward the Santa Monica Bay that is not taken in by the existing Coastal Interceptor Sewer.

"It will provide increased flow capacity from the eight newly completed Santa Monica Bay low flow diversions to the Hyperion Treatment Plant," a city of Los Angeles press release from May stated. "These infrastructure developments will keep urban runoff from flowing out into the ocean during year-round dry weather, helping the city of Los Angeles comply with water-quality regulations."

The southbound stretch of PCH has been closed all hours since June except during the 405 closure in mid-July. The lane was supposed to reopen in August. Vargas said the work stoppage during what was popularly known as was a factor in the PCH lane not being able to reopen by August.

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