Posted by: Stan Russell | July 10, 2018

Caltrans Announces Plans To Re-Open Highway 1 at Mud Creek Opening Slated for Friday, July 20, 2018/Southern Closure This Week at Ragged Point

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

District: District 5 (Central Coast)

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

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



Caltrans Announces Plans To Re-Open Highway 1 at Mud Creek

Opening Slated for Friday, July 20, 2018/Southern Closure This Week at Ragged Point

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Tuesday, July 10, 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. Hwy. 1 at Mud Creek is expected to open on Friday, July 20.

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 Highway 1 re-opens motorists will be able to travel from Cambria to Carmel.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing over 5 million cubic yards of material. Following the opening of the highway at Mud Creek, it’s expected that 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 until the opening because this location remains an active construction zone.

Construction activities this week include creating new grade and the installation of safety features.

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. Worked on rock fencing continues.


Final items continue taking place. 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 16

–Photos below—

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

Photo of safety netting on slope above Highway 1, July 6, 2018.


Jim Shivers

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Office

(805) 549-3237

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