Landslide Closes U.S. 1 Near Big Sur

Landslide closes highway 1 south of Big Sur.

Friday, Apr 15, 2011  |  Updated 12:05 PM PDT
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Landslide Closes U.S. 1 Near Big Sur

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A section of U.S. Highway 1 is closed south of Big Sur today because of a landslide. Geologic instability and more debris falling on Highway 1 at Alder Creek have required the roadway to be closed since yesterday afternoon in both directions with no estimated time of opening.

The problem is at Alder Creek about 64 miles south of Carmel according to Montery County Herald.  The highway has been closed off and one in that area since a mudslide on March 28. 

Another section of Highway 1 is closed near Rocky Creek north of Big Sur. Caltrans says that probably won't reopen until May.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is open as an alternate route into Big Sur, however CalTrans and the CHP advise against any unnecessary travel, especially during overnight hours.

"This area of Highway 1 continues to be extremely unstable; our crews and contractors are continually monitoring and clearing the area of dirt, mud and rock from dawn until dusk. This slide appears to be larger than the previous one on March 27," Caltrans said in an emailed statement.

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