Highway 1 to Reopen Earlier than Anticipated, Provides Restored Access to Big Sur

July 20, 2018
(BIG SUR, CA) – Today, CalTrans hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the reopening of Highway 1 at Mud Creek after being closed for more than a year.  It features a new 1/4-mile roadway that will realign the fractured highway and restores southern access to Big Sur. 
 
The repaired roadway was the result of the massive landslide that bisected the highway.  The road is now supported by a series of embankments and stabilizing materials, according to CalTrans.  During their assessment of the mudslide, CalTrans engineers and contractor John Madonna determined rebuilding the roadway around the slide would be most cost effective and timely.  
 
“CalTrans has done a tremendous job working to restore access to Big Sur” said Senator Monning.  “I applaud its work in conjunction with contractor John Madonna and their efforts to quickly rebuild the roadway and reconnect the communities that have been adversely impacted by the Mud Creek Slide.”
 
CalTrans originally anticipated Highway 1 would reopen in mid-September 2018 but is pleased to announce an earlier completion date.
 
“Rebuilding Highway 1 and restoring traffic along the Big Sur coast has been our priority and by opening the highway sooner than expected, it will boost the many central coast communities affected by this major landslide,” said CalTrans Acting District Director Richard Rosales.
 
The Mud Creek Slide that occurred on May 20, 2017, was one of the largest slides along the Big Sur coast, and caused over 1.6 million ton of debris to dump into the Pacific Ocean.   
 
Website of Senator Monning: http://sd17.senate.ca.gov/
 
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