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Home Things to Do Scenic Drives California Highway 1 Reopens to Vehicles After Crews Remove Rocks

California Highway 1 Reopens to Vehicles After Crews Remove Rocks

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Caltrans crews have reopened California Highway 1 at Pitkins Curve/Rain Rocks (Mile Marker 21.3), about 25 miles south of Big Sur, after removing rocks and debris that came tumbling down March 28, 2012.

The highway, which reopened April 5 at 4 p.m. after its final eight-hour closure period, is now back to normal 24/7 operations. One-way traffic control with signals at each end of the rock shed/ bridge project will be in effect as it was prior to the slide.

hwy_1_rocknettingMotorists should expect moderate delays of 15-20 minutes during the week and for longer periods during weekends.

Highway 1 was closed in both directions at Pitkins/Rain Rocks due to a large boulder and debris that fell onto the highway and destabilized the hillside above it.

A Caltrans spokesperson said it wasn't the actual amount of debris that came down, but the instability of the area that was at the heart of the road closure. Work crews not only had to clear away the debris, but hang steel rock netting to keep future rock falls from reaching the highway roadbed.

All businesses in the area remain open. Caltrans officials thanked everyone in Monterey County's Big Sur community for their continued patience and understanding during this recent slide activity.

OldWestNewWest.com Travel & History Magazine will continue to post updates on Highway 1 road hazards as they occur.