California to reopen major highway blocked by landslide last year

SH 1 in the Big Sur coastal region should reopen in July 2018

June 15, 2018
California highway

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials are looking to reopen a stretch of SH 1 in the Big Sur coastal region this summer that was blocked last year by a massive landslide.

The road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco was projected to open in mid-September but Caltrans announced Tuesday it will open to all travelers by the end of July.

SH 1 has been plagued by landslides since December 2016, but the one that hit in May 2017 was significant, as millions of tons of moved earth displaced 75 acres of land.

The debris slid far out into the ocean, creating 15 acres of new coastline about 9 miles north of the Monterey-San Luis Obispo county line. Caltrans has since been working to stabilize the slide to rebuild the highway over it. The $54 million project included building a massive rock seawall at the foot of the slide.

The work is being done about 25 miles south of where another segment of the highway was blocked when a landslide wrecked a bridge in early 2017.

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Source: Associated Press

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