Crews clear the way in Avila Beach

Since storms pounded San Luis Obispo County in December, debris from the hillside along Avila Beach Drive has fallen onto the roadway. Now, crews are working to remove and relocate unstable material from the slopes, said Dave Flynn, county deputy director of public works.

The material is being relocated to create a basin at the bottom of the slope to catch future debris that could slide off the hill.

The county Board of Supervisors in January approved the work, which is now being done by Souza Construction and AIS Construction, based in Carpinteria. The work is anticipated to cost about $200,000, Flynn said.

Motorists heading to Port San Luis should be prepared for delays of 10 to 20 minutes because of heavy equipment moving around at the work site.

— Cynthia Lambert