The Newport Beach City Council approved funds for the project in September. Workers plan to remove existing vegetation, including invasive ice plants, and loose materials, then add manmade material that will be nailed into the hillside. They also plan to add native or drought-tolerant plants. Sewer lines also will be repaired during the project.
A sample of the manmade material, which has the look and feel of rock, is on display on the China Cove stairs.
The slope below Ocean Boulevard began failing in the 2000s, city officials have said, and Municipal Operations staff had routinely covered the slope failure area with plastic tarps and sand bags to prevent further erosion. A rainstorm last year caused part of the westerly slope to begin to fail as well.
￼Public Works staff said the project should be complete by Friday, Nov. 23.
Bottom photo courtesy of Ron Yeo.