Massive slide covers stretch of iconic California highway

Massive slide covers stretch of iconic California highway

First, winter storms knocked the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge out of commission, splitting the Big Sur community on the California coast in two with a rebuild-completion day not expected until the end of September.

Mud Creek is located 37 miles south of Big Sur, eight miles north of the Monterey County / San Luis Obispo County line, and 25 miles north of Hearst Castle.

The California Department of Transportation has been unable to properly assess the damage with the debris still dangerously unstable and moving.

"Mother nature hard at work", said a tweet from Caltrans, the state's transportation department.

The area, which relies heavily on tourism as it's frequented by ocean scenery enthusiasts, has been hit by several landslides since January that caused temporary road closures.

The Big Sur portion of State Route 1 is designated as a National Scenic Byway for its spectacular coastal vistas and is famed as one of the longest stretches of largely undeveloped shoreline in the continental United States.

Between the missing bridge and the landslide, the drive from, say, Big Sur to Gorda - something that typically takes around 30 minutes on Highway 1 - is now almost 4 hours and requires the driver to circle all the way out around the coastal range via Highway 101 in the Salinas River valley. "It's one of a kind". That compares with $660 million previous year, he said.

Much of Big Sur has been shuttered or affected since the winter rains.

The state already had closed that part of Highway 1 to fix buckled pavement and other, earlier damage from one of California's rainiest winters in decades. Repeated landslides and floods have taken out bridges and highways, closed campgrounds, and forced some resorts to shut down temporarily or use helicopters to fly in guests and supplies. "This time of year is when all the major catastrophic failures occur on Highway 1 historically".

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