MALIBU—The construction of the Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility in Malibu is expected to cause lane closures and traffic delays for motorists. According to a news release from the city of Malibu website, the City plans to post regular updates so that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are aware of traffic impacts that will affect commutes as construction takes place.

The City of Malibu Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility Project (Project) includes development of a centralized wastewater treatment facility in the Malibu Civic Center area that will treat, reuse, and/or dispose of wastewater flows from properties in the Civic Center. The Project is in response to regulatory actions taken by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and the State Water Resources Control Board to prohibit discharges from onsite wastewater discharge systems (OWDS) in the Civic Center area, and to ban new OWDS, based on a phased schedule.

In the area of Bluffs Park, the far right-turn lane of Winter Mesa Drive turning onto Pacific Coast Highway eastbound for approximately one month for trenching work will be closed. Malibu Canyon Road and PCH starting September 6 and lasting for one month, trenching work will be conducted on the northeast corner will be worked on, leaving one lane open onto Malibu Canyon Road for around 100 yards northbound. Left turn lanes eastbound PCH turning northbound onto Malibu Canyon will be decreased to only one lane.

Beginning in Mid-September, and lasting for about 6-8 weeks, tunneling work will occur on Webb Way just north of PCH, leading a to reduction of Webb Way to one lane northbound and one lane southbound. Drivers will be forced to turn right, left and drive straight through the intersection. No lanes will be closed on PCH.

Residents and motorists looking for email or text message updates regarding how the Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility construction will impact the PCH and city streets can subscribe to Malibu’s Traffic Advisories at