Over 61.5 miles of highway closed
As of 10 pm Tuesday night, Highway One is closed from Ragged Point on the south to just south of Palo Colorado Canyon. Cal Trans was successful in opening one lane by River Inn.
Per CHP as of 6:58 am, “…MM 57 IS COMPLETELY BLOCKED / STILL ACTIVELY SLIDING”.
8:02 am, “COUNTY ASKED … TO MOVE THE SLIDE TO JNO PALO COLORADO – TO BLOCK ACCESS TO PALO COLORADO”.
8:32 am (reports of lines down), “D5 WITH CALTRANS SUPERVISOR FOR BRIDGE DETAIL / REQ TO SEE IF LINES DOWN IN BIG SUR IF CREW CAN COME UP FRM BIG SUR OR IF THEY NEED TO GO FRM THE NORTH TO SOUTH TO CLEAR IT”.
9:12 am, “PATH CLEARED AT MM 57 AND WILL BE WORKING IN THAT AREA ALL DAY AND WILL BE LETTING VEHS THRU”.
Photo taken yesterday by Kodiak Greenwood.
From Monterey County Weekly here:
“The bridge is beyond repair,” says Caltrans spokeswoman Susana Cruz, based on a Feb. 21 structural assessment. “The time frame for a new bridge is unknown. We have a couple of days of dry weather, which will help us.”
Numerous cracks were found in the support column on Feb. 11 as a mudslide under the bridge shifted the concrete base.
Cruz estimates a replacement could take upward of a year—a long isolation for some 435 residents who live south of Pfeiffer Canyon, as well as dozens of restaurants and businesses. Access is also closed on Highway 1 to the south of Big Sur due to slides, and Nacimiento-Fergusson Road—the only east-west paved access—is also currently closed.
“The county is working on options,” Monterey County spokesperson Maia Carroll says. The county’s goal is to do a resupply within a couple of weeks.
So far, a medevac helicopter has been set up to transport Big Sur patients in case of medical emergencies.