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Stretch of Highway 1 open after rockslide shutdown

MONTEREY COUNTY, CA (KION-TV) - UPDATE ON DEC. 7 AT 4:56 PM: Caltrans said the two-mile stretch of Highway 1 near Big Creek Vista Point, closed since Dec. 3, will reopen Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.

Drivers will see one-way reversing traffic control from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the same area from Big Creek Vista Point at the south end to near Dolan Point at the north end in Monterey County.

UPDATE ON DEC. 5 AT 2:14 PM: Caltrans District 5 has reopened most of Highway 1, with a two-mile stretch being closed due to the cleanup of rockslides and debris on Highway 1.

Caltrans said Highway 1 could fully reopen on Thursday, Dec. 8, depending on weather conditions. They added messages and directional signs remain in place to alert travelers of ongoing roadwork.

The stretch of Highway 1 that remains closed is near Big Creek Vista Point (PM 27.3) to the south and near Dolan Point to the north end of Monterey County.

Caltrans determined the shortened closure limits as crews continue cleaning up materials and fixing a damaged rock barrier at Cow Cliffs.

Caltrans said that majority of Highway 1 remains open beside the two-mile stretch. Depending on the direction, travelers and either take US 101 to Hwy 46 to Hwy 1 north thru Ragged Point to the closure at Big Creek Vista Pt. or take US 101 to Hwy. 68 to Hwy 1 south thru Big Sur to the closure at Dolan Point.

UPDATE ON DEC. 4, 2022, AT 4:08 PM: Caltrans District 5 said Highway 1 will still be closed in both directions from Ragged Point to two and a half miles south of Big Sur.

Engineers assessed the damage and it was revealed that they are still are concerned with rocks and debris still on the road along with some serious slides on at Cow Cliffs.

Maintenance teams will still be working on clean up efforts throughout Sunday.

Caltrans said Geotech engineers will assess the areas of the closure on Monday morning. Caltrans will provide an update on the closure on Monday morning.

UPDATE ON DEC. 4, 2022 AT 10:03 AM: Caltrans District 5 says that Highway 1 is still closed in both directions from Ragged Point to the south of Big Sur.

Engineers from CalTrans are assessing the damage on the highway before they start cleanup.

Officials do not have an estimated time on when that part of the Highway 1 will reopen. Officials said that Highway 1 between Carmel and Big Sur is open.

Original Story

Highway 1 is closed in both directions from Ragged Point near the San Luis Obispo/Monterey County to two and half miles south of Big Sur in Monterey County due to a rockslide, said CalTrans District 5.

It happened on Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm.

The highway is expected to re-open tomorrow morning, December 4.

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