California Scenic Highway

California Highway 1 South of Big Sur Reopens to Traffic

Friday, December 28 2012 08:26   Scenic Drives

California's fabled Highway 1 is now open to vehicle and bicycle traffic just a few miles south of the community of Big Sur where a major rock slide that occurred on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2012, blocked both lanes.

Travelers should be aware that one-way traffic controls with flaggers will be in effect through the slide area, which remains a very active repair and cleanup zone. Motorists can expect 20 minute delays during this time.

highway_1_big_rocksThe California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) said on Dec. 27, 2012, that crews were able to reopen the scenic road late afternoon Thursday.

Caltrans mobilized an emergency contractor to assist state crews to clear the large debris field, repair a 60-foot section of the damaged roadway and stabilize the slide area above Highway 1 at Partington Ridge Road.

Highway 1 will remain open for the weekend for motorists and cyclists, who are advised to use caution when traveling through this roadway section, a Caltrans spokesperson said. There is some rough pavement and loose gravel still on the highway near the slide area.

The highway had been shut down just south of Deetjens Big Sur Inn (Mile Marker 42) and at Lucia (Mile Marker 23) since Sunday afternoon. Caltrans' contractor and crews will resume roadwork on Monday then again on Wednesday after New Year's Day from dawn until dusk until final repairs are made, the spokesperson said.

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 are open.

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

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


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