Landslide closes Highway 1

March 17, 2011

A destructive landslide has shut down a  portion of scenic Highway 1 between Big Sur and Carmel in Monterey County to all travelers including emergency vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Temporary repairs will take at least a month, said Colin Jones, Caltrans’ public affairs manager. Businesses along the coastal route, know for steep cliffs overlooking crashing waves on one side of the highway and rolling hills splashed with wild flowers on the other side, are planning to remain open.

No one was injured when a large portion of the southbound lane near Rocky Creek Bridge broke away leaving a large hole in the road on Wednesday.

Alternate routes include Highways 101, 68 and 46. Heavy rains expected on Sunday and Monday could  further complicate the situation.

CalCoastNews will provide updates as they become available.

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Damn, I guess we will have to pay those pesky “state workers” to do their job /end snark.