Part of Ma-le’l Road at the dunes was blocked off Monday for a road improvement project.
Thanks to a nearly $200,000 grant from the California State Coastal Conservancy, both the north and south ends of the road have received some improvements. In the month of August, crews worked on the north end of the dunes and Monday, they started on the south end. The goal of the work is to provide more recreation opportunities to the public.
"We’ve already done a bunch of work at Ma-le'l north: improve the parking area, put in the wheel chair accessible trail, we put in some benches along the trail network, put in some steps along a trail that was pretty steep. Then here at Ma-le'l south on the 'BLM' (Bureau of Land Management) land, we're planning on doing basically the same thing as improving the parking area, the road, and providing interpretive facilities so the public can learn about the natural resources that are very valuable,” outdoor recreation planner Bruce Cann said.