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State of California
Department of Transportaion (CALTRANS)
PCH Retaining Wall, Malibu
2002 - 2003

The State of California contracted with John S. Meek Company to build a retaining wall along one of the busiest stretches of road in California, Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. The project was to remove the old timber retaining wall and build a new concrete retaining wall to hold up PCH. The project was further complicated by the fact that the State was paying the residents to move out of their homes during the project. Therefore delays in the project could have cost the State a lot of money.

Unfortunately, a layer of rock was encountered only hours into the drilling. The delays that would occur because of the obstruction were unacceptable to both John S. Meek Company and to the State. In order to address this problems, John S. Meek Company undertook a very aggressive schedule. Crews worked on the project 24 hours a day 7 days a week for almost 2 months to make up for the time lost due to the rock. The final outcome was that the Home Owners could return to their houses as scheduled, the State did not suffer penalties to the residents and John S. Meek Company earned a $200,000 early completion bonus for completing the project 25 days ahead of schedule.

Pictures


Entire Project Site (Middle of the Project)


Old Timber Wall


Just Getting Started


Day after a Rain Storm


Trenched and Shored


First Day Drilling
And We Found Rocks


Night Drilling


We Needed Two Rigs to Keep on Schedule


The Beaches in Malibu are Beautiful


Setting Beams


Setting Sun


More Night Drilling


Beginning to Form the Wall


Yup... Thats a Hole


The Foremen
John Jeffries & Gary Abele


We had to Re-Shore the Entire Trench


That is a Nice Wall


Not Much Room
(Our People are Confined Space Trained)


Project Manager Larry Noriega
Watching the Concrete Pour


All the Wall Sections are Poured


Job Complete
Just Need to Pick Up the Cones


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