Posted by: Stan Russell | August 21, 2017

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, August 21

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, August 21:
Highway 1 in Monterey County continues to provide 35 total miles of Hwy. 1 to the public from south of Gorda (PM 10) to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon (PM 45.5), accessible only via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. State Route 1 remains closed from north of Salmon (just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek event. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County, past Ragged Point to Salmon Creek.

REMINDER: Travelers CANNOT travel the entire length of Highway 1, but local businesses are open on both sides of the closure points at Pfeiffer Canyon and Salmon Creek.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain. A tentative cost and timeline is targeted to be announced at the end of August. The roadway remains impassable.

There is no public access through the Mud Creek area as this is an active construction zone.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

Paul’s Slide continues to provide access to the public 24/7, with one-way reversing traffic control with flaggers.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)

· The girder assembly has taken place in preparation for the bridge launching over the canyon, expected to take place this week.

· Public access is still on schedule for mid-to-late September.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-831-423-0396 or can visit our website at:

Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

para Caltrans en el Distrito 5



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Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) showing the final girder assembly and the launch nose and bridge deck prep work.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) showing the final girder assembly and the launch nose and bridge deck prep work.

Photo of Mud Creek in 1995—Courtesy of Rock Knocker.



  1. Been waiting for Pfeiffer beach to open since businesses are open at Big Sur specially the Dely passed the Sycamore Drive will it be possible to open Pfeiffer Beach as well. most of the business places are already open Andrew Molera Beach, Pfeiffer State Parks, and other places at Big Sur. thanks again… Big Sur my favorite place for weekend getaway… 🙂

    • Pfeiffer Beach is expected to reopen in September. No specific date yet.

      • thanks for the information thanks again,,, 🙂

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