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Hwy. 1 in Big Sur will remain closed due to ‘significant’ slide activity, Caltrans says

Highway 1 between Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide in Big Sur will remain closed until further notice due to “significant slide activity” in both areas, Caltrans said Wednesday in an emailed news release.

“Crews inspected all areas earlier today and found several potentially unstable perched boulders that have been working their way down the mountain at both locations,” the agency said in an email.

The south approach of Mud Creek, within the section of highway closed off by locked gates, has slumped by one to two feet since the storm began on Tuesday, Caltrans said. The area has seen a “total of three to five feet vertical displacement since last Thursday, Feb. 28.”

To the north, mud is flowing off the hillside in the Paul’s Slide area, and the temporary guardrail is “reaching full capacity,” Caltrans said.

Caltrans has closed the highway multiple times during this winter storm season as a precaution following major landslides on the highway during the 2016-17 winter season.

“Caltrans maintenance crews and contractor John Madonna are performing herculean efforts to clear the roadway as quickly as possible,” Caltrans said in the emailed release.

Caltrans crews will assess the road Thursday and provide an update by that afternoon, the agency said.

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Highway 1 in Big Sur will remain closed until further notice due to “significant” slide activity and “vertical displacement” along the road. The road is pictured here at the south approach to Mud Creek. Caltrans
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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.
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