1500 feet of California highway blocked by slide

Olive Rios
May 25, 2017

The Big Sur portion of State Route 1 is designated as a National Scenic Byway for its spectacular coastal vistas and is famed as one of the longest stretches of largely undeveloped shoreline in the continental United States.

In total, the recent natural disasters have caused $1 billion in highway damages across the state according to the California Department of Transportation (CDOT).

Caltrans spokeswoman Susana Cruz told the Herald that there are five active landslides in the area and it was believed four of them came down together around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The resulting wall of earth "now extends 1,500 feet in length over State Route 1 and is about 35 to 40 feet deep". "Now it's covering 10 times as much", said Jones.

The latest slide occurred Saturday night in an area called Mud Creek in southern Big Sur.

"No words needed but here's a few, said Caltrans District 5 on Monday in a tweet".

Last year's damages totaled $660 million. Caltrans crews working to clear the area of debris were forced to vacate the area after engineers noticed the hillside continuing to move.

Jones says earlier damage already had closed that stretch of Highway 1.

First, winter storms knocked the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge out of commission, splitting the Big Sur community on the California coast in two with a rebuild-completion day not expected until the end of September. He said Tuesday he wouldn't trade in his work location for somewhere safer. "We didn't think it would be the magnitude of this", he said. "And those who can hang, they're still there and they'll continue to be there". If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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