Posted by: Stan Russell | October 9, 2017

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Tuesday, Oct. 9

Photos of: 1) Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) on Oct. 4-PCB image courtesy of Kyle Evans.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Tuesday, Oct. 9

The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) will open by 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 13 assuming there will be no issues involving weather/material/equipment. After the bridge opening, Highway 1 in Monterey County will provide 35 additional miles of Hwy. 1 for travelers to Gorda (PM 10). State Route 1 remains closed from north of Salmon Creek, just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek slide. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County near Ragged Point.

REMINDER: Travelers still CANNOT access the entire length of Highway 1 from Carmel to Cambria but local businesses are open on both sides of Mud Creek.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)

Final work to continue for several weeks but Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge will provide access to both locals and the public by 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 13, assuming there will be no issues involving weather/material/equipment. There will be some weekdays that will require a lane closure consisting of one-way reversing traffic control but once the bridge opens, it won’t need to fully close. See attached program regarding ribbon-cutting event details.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing over 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain. The projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

There is currently no public access through the Mud Creek area since this remains an active, emergency construction zone.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 traffic signal remains in place and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline.

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

Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

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Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52)

Program – Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Ribbon Cutting Event – 10.13.17.pdf

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony



  1. Is it possible to post somewhere what camping are open at this time north and south bound with all the work? Not easy for foreign person to not get lost…

    Alos the link to FB page does not work.

    • Hello Cat,
      On the front of the blog is a photo of Bixby Bridge with the text WELCOME BACK TO BIG SUR. At the bottom of the visible text is a link “Read More…” if you click on that it opens up more information about what is open. But to answer your question every campground is open except Botchers Gap. Also, please visit the Camping section on our website at

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