Posted by: Stan Russell | July 2, 2018

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

Date: Monday, July 2, 2018
District: District 5 (Central Coast)
Contact: susana.cruz (bilingual) or jim.shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237



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

New Estimated Opening Slated for end of July 2018/Southern Closure Moved to Ragged Point

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, July 2, 2018

State Route 1 in Monterey County remains closed from Ragged Point (SLO 72.87) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek slide. State Route 1 south of Ragged Point is open through San Luis Obispo County.

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. This is the last closure point along Big Sur. When it opens by the end of July, Hwy. 1 from Cambria to Carmel will be open to through traffic.

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. Caltrans will continuously evaluate the opening date as work progresses so we anticipate providing another update in July. It’s expected that even after the highway is re-open, intermittent lane closures and roadwork may continue. The updated current cost is at $54 million.

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

Work from this past week and in the coming week includes continued work involving material hauling for north fill and creating the grade for new highway alignment.

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. Last week the contractor worked on rock fencing.


Final items continue taking place. No work scheduled for this week. Project is near completion.

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

The next update will be on Monday, July 9

Photos of Mud Creek Slide (left) June 1, 2017 and (right) June 3, 2018.

Photo of safety netting, June 29, 2016.


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