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Home Things to Do Scenic Drives Update: At Least a Month to Reopen California’s Big Sur Highway 1

Update: At Least a Month to Reopen California’s Big Sur Highway 1

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It will be at least a month before temporary repairs can be made to allow California's coastal Highway 1 near the resort area of Big Sur to reopen to traffic, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) engineers have determined.

"An emergency contractor will be on board by the end of today (Friday, March 18) to begin working on a temporary fix to get traffic on the roadway as soon as safely possible," according to Susana Z. Cruz, Caltrans District 5 public information officer.
While early estimates placed the length of roadway that slipped into the ocean on March 16 at about 40 feet, Caltrans engineers on Friday said the section actually is more than 150 feet long. The area in danger is more than 700 feet.

The two-mile section of road closure is north of Big Sur from Bixby Creek Bridge to Palo Colorado Road south of Carmel. The closure is for all travelers including emergency vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

All businesses along the coast on Highway 1 remain open, Caltrans said. Alternate routes for visitors include Highways 101, 68 and 46.

A drill now is at the location, Cruz said, and although the hillside is stabilized for the time being, crews are still monitoring for any movement. Weekend storms, and a prospect of rain off and on throughout the week, were expected.

The closure will have a significant impact on southbound tourists planning to visit California state parks in the Big Sur area, and travelers should expect a three-hour detour. Northbound travelers along Highway 1 are not impacted. State parks in the area remain open, and reservations are being honored.

To read our original story about the damage to Highway 1, click here.

For our story about California Parks in the Big Sur area remaining open, click here.