California Scenic Drives

Rock Slide Closes California’s Highway 1 Near Big Sur

Monday, December 24 2012 17:30   Scenic Drives
California's scenic Highway 1 is closed in both directions roughly seven miles south of Big Sur due to a rock slide that occurred on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at about 5 p.m.

According to a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) spokesperson, the coastal highway is shut down at Partington Ridge Road (Mile Marker 39) and at Lucia (Mile Marker 23). There is no estimated time for re-opening the road.

rock_slide02As of late afternoon on Dec. 24, crews were working to assess damage and clear the roadway. A steady rain has been falling in the area for several days, and probably was the cause for the rock slide.

The new slide is roughly 15 miles from where Caltrans crews are constructing a rock shed to protect the highway from rock slides.

An earlier rock slide south of Gorda at Mile Marker 7 has been cleared so there is no closure at Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County.

Businesses in the northern Big Sur community south to Cambria remain open and alternate routes for motorists are Highways 68, 101, 46 and Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.

Message signs have been activated to advise motorists. Updates will be issued as conditions develop.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.


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