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Home Things to Do Scenic Drives California Highway 1 Southbound Traffic from Monterey Now Open, But Northbound Remains Closed

California Highway 1 Southbound Traffic from Monterey Now Open, But Northbound Remains Closed

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California's coastal Highway 1 once again is open to southbound traffic between Monterey and Big Sur, but remains closed for visitors wanting to head north to Big Sur from San Luis Obispo.

"Highway 1 at Rocky Creek is open to all traffic 24/7 with no weight or length restrictions under one-way signalized traffic control," said Colin Jones, a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) spokesperson.
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All restrictions for that section of Highway 1 were lifted April 20, 2011.

Highway 1, however, will remain closed at Alder Creek just north of the Monterey/San Luis Obispo county line for another four to six weeks.

"There is a lot of debris up there that needs to be removed," he added.

Southbound traffic from Monterey to Big Sur was closed March 16, 2011 following a 150-foot section of the roadbed that slipped into the Pacific Ocean.

The highway suffered another blow April 15 when a major rockslide closed both lanes to traffic at Alder Creek.

After meeting April 22 with the California Coastal Commission and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a plan has been developed to clear this roadway section of debris with minimal impact to the environment, Jones said.

"The contractor is beginning to mobilize equipment today (April 22) with plans to begin debris removal early next week," he added.

The opening date is estimated to be before the end of May.

"This aggressive schedule, considering the thousands of tons of slide material that has fallen onto the roadway, would not be possible without the close cooperation of the California Coastal Commission and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary," he said.

Currently, motorists traveling to Big Sur from the south can take Highway 101 to the Monterey area, proceed west on Highway. 68 then south on Highway 1 to reach Big Sur.

An alternate route via county roads is Highway 101 to Jolon Road near Camp Roberts, to Nacimiento-Fergusson Road which intersects with Highway 1.

Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol advise against any unnecessary travel on Nacimeinto-Fergusson Road, especially during overnight hours.

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


 
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