TOPANGA CANYON ( — A stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard will be closed Saturday and Sunday in the Santa Monica Mountains as Caltrans crews continue to stabilize slopes that were left weakened by storms that lashed the area in January.

A 3.5-mile stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, also known as State Route 27, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days between Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and Grand View Drive in Topanga, according to Caltrans. The exact hours of the closure are subject to change, depending on how the work plays out.

Crews will work to secure the hillsides along the roadway, taking steps such as drilling into rocks and placing bolts to stabilize the slopes, as well as hydroseeding.

The same stretch of road was closed in January immediately following the storms that led to some mud flows that blocked the street.

During the closures, Caltrans will also do work north of the affected area on Topanga Canyon Boulevard guard rails, possibly resulting in closures of the shoulder and up to one lane of traffic.

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