Hwy. 1 through Big Sur to reopen in July


State Highway 1 along the southern Big Sur coast is scheduled to reopen later this month following a massive landslide that has closed the highway for more than a year, Caltrans officials said.

Highway 1 at Mud Creek is set to reopen at 11 a.m. July 20 following a landslide May 20, 2017, that moved six million cubic yards of material, displaced 50 acres of land and created 2,400 feet of new shoreline. A quarter-mile of road was lost in the landslide.

A ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. at the Ragged Point Inn at 19019 state Highway 1 in Ragged Point will mark the reopening.

Caltrans Director Laurie Berman said in a statement:

“We’re very pleased to share this long-awaited news with everyone who travels along this international destination.”

Berman added:

“Mud Creek is the last closure point so travelers will be able to take Highway 1 all the way through Big Sur for the first time in 18 months.”

The repaired section was built across the slide material and buttressed with a series of embankments and compacted soil. Workers also used berms, rocks, netting, culverts and other material to stabilize the area.

Caltrans officials said the $54 million project was completed two months ahead of the estimated completion date. San Luis Obispo-based John Madonna Construction was the contractor for the project.

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