Stretch of Highway 1 in Big Sur Closed After Massive Landslide Not Expected to Reopen Until September

Travelers eager for Highway 1 to reopen in Big Sur will have to wait a little longer. It has been a year since a massive landslide rained debris down on California’s iconic coastal route, making a drive along the entire 655-mile roadway impossible.

An aerial view of work being done on Highway 1 at Mud Creek. Last May, a major landslide wiped out this stretch of the iconic coastal route. (Credit: Caltrans)

An aerial view of work being done on Highway 1 at Mud Creek. Last May, a major landslide wiped out this stretch of the iconic coastal route. (Credit: Caltrans)

The road was expected to reopen this May, but the date was pushed back to mid-September as crews work to realign the highway, Caltrans announced Monday.

The slide at what’s known as Mud Creek will cost about $54 million to fix. Both lanes of of Highway 1 — along nearly 6 miles in the area south of Gorda and north of Ragged Point, according to Caltrans‘ road information site — will remain temporarily shut while workers try to rebuild it on top of the slide. Crews currently are working on the northern side.

The reopening date could be reevaluated in July, the Caltrans statement said. When the road does reopen, it likely will be a single lane handling one-way controlled traffic.

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Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the location of the highway closure. The post language has been updated.