Heavy rains predicted to hit the Big Sur coast will temporarily close Highway 1 at noon Wednesday at its most vulnerable slide points. The iconic route will remain closed Thursday with a possible reopening Friday morning after the storm has passed, according to Caltrans.
Drivers will see electronic signs starting at 10 a.m. to advise them of the closure with road gates locked at Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide, both south of Big Sur. The only driving alternative to get around the closed slide areas is to take a long detour inland on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to the 101 Freeway.
Caltrans crews will be assessing and cleaning up the roadway when the storm ends. Agency officials are concerned that heavy storms may mean “continued movement” in the newer sections of the road, which will make driving on the route unsafe.
The agency had warned travelers and locals Tuesday that “an expected significant storm” may mean shutting the route after receiving a National Weather Service forecast of heavy rains.
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