Published: Tue, February 02, 2021

Crews Work to Repair Washed-out Scenic Highway Near Big Sur

Crews Work to Repair Washed-out Scenic Highway Near Big Sur

A section of Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast has suffered severe damage during this week's storm.

According to a statement released on Friday by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) the roadway's drainage infrastructure was overwhelmed by a debris flow on the hillside above the segment of Highway 1 at Rat Creek, just south of Big Sur.

"Check out this awesome drone video of #Hwy1 washout at Rat Creek about 15 miles south of #BigSur".

The view of Highway 1 on Friday, after a chunk of the roadway collapsed into the Pacific Ocean.


Caltrans crews discovered the debris flow on Thursday, and issued an emergency contract to Papich Construction in San Luis Obispo County to assist with the fix.

The agency initially closed 44 miles (71 kilometers) of the road to allow people to evacuate but said the closures would be reduced to about 23 miles (37 kilometers) Monday evening.

But he said the bulk of Big Sur's businesses and residents won't be largely affected because about 60 per cent of visitors travel to the coastal communities known for luxury spas, posh hotels and scenic retreats from Northern California.

California Highway Patrol said that Highway 1 is closed from mile marker 40 to the San Luis Obispo county line, the SF Gate reported Friday. "Emergency crews are working to assess the damage, clear the debris, and figure out how to rebuild".

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