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Home Things to Do Scenic Drives New Rock Slide Adds to California's Highway 1 Problems

New Rock Slide Adds to California's Highway 1 Problems

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A new rock slide along California's scenic Highway 1 has added to the problems of re-opening the section of the coastal highway from Carmel to Cambria for at least a month, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) said.

Geologic instability and more debris falling on Highway 1 at Alder Creek on April 15, 2011 required the roadway to be closed in both directions for at least a month, a Caltrans spokesperson said. Alder Creek is south of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.
Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are advising against any unnecessary travel in that section of Monterey County.

"This area of Highway 1 continues to be extremely unstable," the Caltrans spokesperson said. "Our crews and contractors are continually monitoring and clearing the area of dirt, mud and rock from dawn until dusk. An opening date will be refined as production becomes known."

This slide appears to be larger than the previous one on March 27, Caltrans said.

There was some good news for local businesses regarding the section of the two-lane Highway 1 that slipped into the Pacific Ocean on March 16.

Caltrans said Highway 1 at Rocky Creek opened for all traffic without any weight or length restrictions from 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 through 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 17.

"Highway 1 will then open each night at this location from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following morning," the spokesperson said. "One-way reversing traffic control will be in effect. This will continue until all temporary repairs at Rocky Creek are finished. Work is scheduled to be completed the first week of May."

To see our earlier coverage about Highway 1's closures, click here.