Hwy 1 in Big Sur to reopen ahead of schedule following road collapse in March, Gov. Newsom says

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Hwy 1 in Big Sur to reopen ahead of schedule following road collapse
Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that Caltrans will open the portion of Highway 1 closed by the Rocky Creek slip-out to traffic on Friday.

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that Caltrans will open the portion of Highway 1 closed by the Rocky Creek slip-out to traffic on Friday.

It is expected to reopen at 6:30 a.m. on May 17, eight days sooner than previously expected, the governor said in the press release.

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"Crews have been working day and night to quickly repair the damage to Highway 1 caused by recent storms, which has disrupted the lives of individuals living in and around Big Sur - limiting access to the area and hampering tourism. Thanks to the diligent efforts, traffic will resume eight days ahead of schedule - bringing relief and a sense of normalcy back to one of California's most iconic coastal communities," Gov. Newsom said.

The road along Highway 1 near Big Sur collapsed at the end of March due to the storms cutting off the highway between Carmel and Big Sur.

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The public can now convoy in and out of Big Sur on Highway 1. The area closed after a portion of the southbound lane slid into ocean last month.

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Stranded locals could only get through in twice-daily convoys.

The road was previously expected to reopen at the end of May.

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