Highway Reopens at Big Sur

Highway 1 has reopened sooner than expected as reconstruction work has been completed. The coastal highway was closed in May of 2017, and was not expected to reopen until the end of July.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 12:35 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2018 12:54 PM

BIG SUR, Calif. - California transportation officials say an iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region blocked last year by a massive landslide has reopened to traffic.

Caltrans says the road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco is open, but there may be one-way traffic at times becaue of ongoing construction.

The department says construction workers made great progress and the road will open weeks earlier than expected. They had estimated an opening by the end of July.

Highway 1 was blocked by a massive landslide in May of 2017 that moved millions of tons of earth, displacing 75 acres of land.

The quarter mile of Highway 1 that was covered with one million tons of dirt and debris is at a spot called Mud Creek.

The debris slid well out into the ocean, creating 15 acres of new coastline. That's equal to about nine miles.

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