Mudslide closes Highway 1

April 14, 2011

Another mudslide pushed rock and dirt onto Highway 1 shutting down the highway at Alder Creek in Monterey County.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is open as an alternate route into Big Sur, however Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol advise against any unnecessary travel, especially during overnight hours.

“This area of Highway 1 continues to be extremely unstable,” said Colin Jones, Caltrans’ public affairs manager. “Our crews and contractors are continually monitoring and clearing the area of mud and rock from dawn until dusk.”

The coastal route, know for steep cliffs overlooking crashing waves has been plagued by mudslides in the past month, and several portions of the road are closed to motorists.

Highway 1 at Rocky Creek remains closed to motorist for two miles at Rocky Creek. Pedestrians and bikers are permitted to travel with an escort at twice a day at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Caltrans officials said.

CalCoastNews will provide updates as they become available.

Photo by Danny Millsap — Caltrans

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Do you pay State and Federal taxes?? Guess what………….

It’s the most expensive road to maintain per mile in the country or something, I have read.. Supposedly there in part to show the world a proud American asset and good for image I guess. Thus, the big outlay. Glad we don’t pick up the tab, And glad it’s in our backyard!