California's Iconic Highway 1 Near Big Sur Ready To Reopen

Jul 18, 2018

In this March 8, 2018, file photo, crews work to finish up a massive seawall at the base of the Mud Creek Slide along Highway 1 on the coast of Big Sur, Calif. Transportation officials say the stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide is ready to be used.
Credit Joe Johnston of The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo)

California transportation officials say an iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide is ready to reopen to traffic. 

 

The California Department of Transportation says the road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco will be open to all travelers by midmorning Wednesday. 

 

The department says construction workers made great progress and the road will open weeks earlier than expected. They had estimated an opening by the end of July. 

 

Highway 1 was blocked by a massive landslide in May 2017 that moved millions of tons of earth, displacing 75 acres of land. 

 

The debris slid well out into the ocean, creating 15 acres of new coastline about 9 miles.  

 

This story was originally published by the Associated Press.