California Scenic Highway

One Lane of California’s Highway 1 To Open Briefly Today; Crews Continue Clearing Rock Slide

Thursday, December 27 2012 08:14   Scenic Drives
Emergency road crews expect to briefly open one lane of California Highway 1 south of Big Sur today, Dec. 27, 2012, to allow vehicular and bicycle traffic through the slide area, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Caltrans said one lane of the highway will only be opened at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. today. The major rock slide that occurred on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 23 remains a very active and dynamic repair/cleanup zone, the agency said.

highway_1_workersCaltrans has mobilized an emergency contractor to clear the large debris field and to repair a 60-foot section of the damaged roadway at Partington Ridge Road.

The highway is shut down just south of Deetjens Big Sur Inn (Mile Marker 42) and at Lucia (Mile Marker 23). Caltrans contractor and crews will continue to work daily dawn until dusk until the roadway is completely open.

The rock slide south of Gorda at Mile Marker 7 was cleared at noon on Monday, Dec. 23 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 of the closure.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones. The state agency thanked the Big Sur community, part of Monterey County, for its patience, support and understanding during latest incident.

To see our earlier report on the rock slide, click here.


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