Quick Work Made of Hwy 1 Slide

Written by Estero Bay News

March 1, 2024

Caltrans crews made quick work of a small landslide on Hwy 1 temporarily closing even more of the scenic highway than was already shutdown by a previous massive landslide.

Caltrans Dist. 5 spokesman, Kevin Drabinski, said on Feb. 20 that their crews had cleared away a rockslide that happened Feb. 19 just north of Salmon Creek. 

That slide pushed down the south end of the closure from the initial bigger slide at Paul’s Slide that had closed Hwy 1 down earlier in the year.

“Highway 1,” Drabinski said, “has returned to closure limits which were in place before last weekend’s storms.”

The highway has been closed for weeks starting on the south end at Post Mile 20, south of Limekiln State Park. On the north end, the road was closed at Dolan Point — PM 29.7.

For now the roadway is open from the SLO County side nearly to Limekiln State Park. Caltrans has not said when they expect the highway to be fully cleared and reopened through the Big Sur Area and re-connect Carmel and Monterey to SLO County. Some 5 million people a year are estimated to travel the famous Big Sur Highway, which is a huge draw to California’s, SLO County’s, and especially the North Coast communities’ tourism industries.

Readers can get current road conditions on Caltrans Dist. 5 social media platforms, see: @CaltransD5 on X; Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) on Facebook; and on Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

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