Posted by: Stan Russell | April 30, 2018

Caltrans Continues Efforts to Rebuild and Reopen Highway 1 at Mud Creek

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

District: District 5 (Central Coast)

Contact: susana.cruz (bilingual) or jim.shivers

Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE*

Caltrans Continues Efforts to Rebuild and Reopen Highway 1

at Mud Creek

New Estimated Opening Slated for Fall 2018

BIG SUR, MONTEREY COUNTY – As Caltrans continues efforts to rebuild and re-open Highway 1 at Mud Creek, the Department has announced a new target of mid-September to get lanes re-opened to traffic.

Department officials announced last August that a new ¼-mile roadway will traverse the site of the massive Mud Creek slide.

The new roadway will be realigned across the landslide and will be buttressed with a series of embankments, berms, rocks, netting, culverts and other stabilizing material according to department engineers and geologists.

This strategy is allowing Caltrans to rebuild the roadway more quickly and at a lower cost than other alternatives such as structures, a tunnel or major earthwork that puts additional fill into the ocean.

“Our commitment is rebuilding Highway 1 and restoring traffic along the Big Sur Coast that has been cut off from the south since April 2017,” said Caltrans Acting District 5 Director Richard Rosales.

The massive landslide occurred on May 20, 2017, dumping more than 6 million cubic yards of material onto the roadway and into the ocean, creating 15 additional acres of coastline, making it the largest slide ever along the Big Sur coast.

Caltrans will continuously evaluate the opening date as work progresses so we anticipate providing an update in July. It’s expected that even after the highway is re-open, intermittent lane closures and roadwork may continue.

Photo of Mud Creek Slide from June 1, 2017

Aerial of Mud Creek Slide–Courtesy of John Madonna from April 26, 2018

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Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

805.549.3138

805.549.3326–fax

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