Crumbling cliff leads to highway lane closure 

A lane of the Great Highway was closed south of Sloat Boulevard to protect motorists from an eroding cliff that runs next to it.

Erosion of the coastal bluff has been a problem since 1999, and the problem is exacerbated by winter storms that whip up mean Pacific Ocean waves.

More than 600 feet of a southbound highway lane was closed Thursday as a safety precaution to protect motorists, according to San Francisco Department of Public Works spokeswoman Christine Falvey.

Federal officials are trying to stabilize the cliff by adding additional sand to buffer the blows from waves, according to Falvey.

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