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Highway 1 Near Big Sur To Reopen Friday After Landslide

BIG SUR (CBSLA) – After being shuttered for nearly three months, a portion of the famous and picturesque Highway 1 that straddles the Pacific coastline near Big Sur in Central California will finally reopen after a mudslide washed it away back in January.

Scenic Stretch Of Highway 1 Near Big Sur To Reopen By April 30
A section of Highway 1 under construction after a landslide at Rat Creek in Big Sur, California, U.S., on Monday, April 12, 2021. Highway 1 along Big Sur is expected to reopen by April 30 because work to repair a huge piece of roadway that crumbled during a storm is nearly two months ahead of schedule, Caltrans announced Thursday. Photographer: Daniel Dreifuss/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Caltrans will reopen the highway at noon Friday, about two months ahead of schedule.

Crews will continue to do drainage and guardrail work after it reopens, however, according to Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers.

A 150-foot-stretch of the roadway, located about 15 miles south of the town of Big Sur, completely fell away on Jan. 28 during a mudslide caused by a burn scar.

This is far from first time that a landslide has forced the closure of a section of Highway 1 in the Big Sur area, which is a major tourist destination. The region has been ravaged by rainstorms and wildfires.

Highway 1 undre repair in Big Sur
Big Sur, CA, Thursday, February 11, 2021 - Crews continue to dig out debris from a washed out section of Highway 1 at Rat Creek. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

 

In May of 2017, a massive landslide buried the road under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt in a quarter-mile stretch in an area called Mud Creek.

Instead of trying to clear the road of the rock and dirt, Caltrans spent $54 million to build on top of it. It remained closed for more than a year, finally reopening in July of 2018.

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