Posted by: Stan Russell | September 5, 2019

Highway 1 Mud Creek Project Competing for One of Two America’s Transportation Awards

Today’s Date: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Heidi Ruiz or <a href=”mailto:colin.jones
Phone: (805) 549-3318 or (805) 549-3189


Highway 1 Mud Creek Project Competing for One of Two America’s Transportation Awards

One winner will be selected by online public vote

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Caltrans is asking the public to vote for the Highway 1 Mud Creek Emergency Restoration Project in Monterey County, one of 12 finalists in this year’s America’s Transportation Awards competition, with two $10,000 cash awards for a charity of the winners’ choice at stake.

The iconic Big Sur coastline is considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world and is designated a National Scenic Byway. On May 20, 2017, after record winter rainfall of more than 100 inches, a massive landslide sent nearly 6 million cubic yards of material into the Pacific Ocean, displaced 50 acres of land, created 2,400 feet of new shoreline and buried a one-quarter mile section of roadway. It was the biggest landslide ever along the Big Sur coast, cutting the lifeline between Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.

The Mud Creek project stabilized the area and built a new section of State Route 1 across the slide material. This rebuilding took place seven days a week

And was completed in July 2018- two months ahead of schedule. This was a monumental effort by Caltrans and John Madonna Construction. We are all very proud of everyone who worked on this project leading to this nomination,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins.

The public is encouraged to vote for the Mud Creek Project daily, but you can vote only once a day, from now until Sunday Oct. 6 at:

If the Mud Creek Emergency Restoration project wins, Caltrans will donate the prize money to the California Transportation Foundation (CTF). CTF is the leading charitable transportation organization in the state and supports California’s transportation community in many ways, including scholarships for students pursuing transportation careers and financial assistance to workers injured on the job and to the families of transportation workers killed on the job.

America’s Transportation Awards is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. An independent panel of transportation industry experts will select the Grand Prize winner, while the public will decide the People’s Choice Award winner through online voting. Online votes will be weighted to each state’s population, allowing for greater competition between states with larger and smaller populations. The winners will be announced Oct. 8 at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO.

Click the image to vote for Caltrans’ Mud Creek Restoration project in the America’s Transportation Awards Program. If we win, we will get $10,000 to donate to the California Transportation Foundation.

A May 2017 massive landslide on State Route 1 in Big Sur sent nearly 6 million cubic yards of material into the Pacific Ocean, closing the highway.

Photo courtesy of Caltrans.

Jim Shivers
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Officer
(805) 549-3237

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