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Caltrans responding to additional rockslide on Highway 1 in Big Sur, convoys for locals and supplies to start

Second new landslide on Highway 1 in past three days
Caltrans District 5
Second new landslide on Highway 1 in past three days

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KION-TV)- Caltrans District 5 said crews are responding to another landslide that happened late Friday on Highway 1 just south of the Big Creek Bridge.

The latest slide is larger than one that occurred earlier this week, according to the agency, and both slides are located within the existing closure at Paul's Slide. This newest slide has covered the road and also spilled onto the slope below the highway.

It's unknown whether there's any damage to the highway itself, according to Caltrans.

As a result of these additional slides over the past three days: the closure of Highway 1, previously located on each side of Paul’s Slide at Post Mile 22.0, is now located 1.7 miles north of the Big Creek Bridge at Post Mile 29.7 on the north end and one mile north of Kirk Creek Campground at Post Mile 19.9 on the south end. Caltrans said there's no estimated time for when this section of the highway can reopen.

Passage through Paul's slide will be allowed at certain times for people who live north of Paul's Slide and south of the newest slides. Convoys for locals or supplies for locals begin Sunday, Feb. 11th. They will be scheduled daily at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and allow for one passage each direction. Passage will only be allowed during clear and dry weather conditions. Caltrans said residents are encouraged to stock up on supplies now before more winter storms and the potential for no access.

Highway 1 remains open from the Monterey/Carmel area to six miles south of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and from the Cambria/San Simeon area north, to just north of Kirk Creek Campground. No vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian traffic is permitted through the closure due to construction activities and the potential for slides and rockfall.

Caltrans and contracted crews are on site to assess conditions and will begin work at the new slide locations when it is safe to do so.  Work at Paul’s Slide continues seven days a week.

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