Mas­sive Big Sur slide is go­ing ... nowhere

Cal­trans says it plans to re­build dam­aged stretch of High­way 1 di­rectly above the moun­tain of dirt.

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - By Joseph Serna

What do you do when a moun­tain­side buck­les and 5 mil­lion cu­bic yards of earth slide on top of your high­way?

If you’re Cal­trans, you build over it.

At least that’s the plan the agency an­nounced Wed­nes­day for bat­tered High­way 1 in Mon­terey County, where the big­gest land­slide ever along the Big Sur coast buried the road at Mud Creek on May 20.

The new high­way will run over the land­slide — in an area no longer mov­ing — and be pro­tected with em­bank­ments, berms, rocks, cul­verts, net­ting and other ma­te­rial, Cal­trans said.

The agency sub­mit­ted its plans to lo­cal, state and fed­eral of­fi­cials but did not yet have a pro­jected cost or a start or end date for the project.

The slide oc­curred in the mid­dle of the night and cov­ered a third of a mile of the high­way. It added 13 acres of ad­di­tional coast­line and put High­way 1 un­der 40 feet of

‘Our staff has been work­ing hard to tackle the weather-re­lated chal­lenges faced by High­way 1.’ — Mal­colm Dougherty, Cal­trans direc­tor

dirt and rock.

It also fur­ther iso­lated Big Sur, which has been vir­tu­ally cut off from the out­side world all year since the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge failed and an area aptly named Paul’s Slide … slid.

“Our staff has been work­ing hard to tackle the weather-re­lated chal­lenges faced by High­way 1,” Cal­trans Direc­tor Mal­colm Dougherty said in a state­ment.

“We have made tremen­dous progress on Pfeiffer Canyon, have opened Paul’s Slide and now we have good news on the slide at Mud Creek. Our goal is to re­con­nect the ar­eas im­pacted by the win­ter storms as quickly and safely as pos­si­ble.”

This past win­ter’s storms caused more than $1 bil­lion in dam­age to state and lo­cal roads and high­ways, ac­cord­ing to Cal­trans es­ti­mates.

Brian van der Brug Los An­ge­les Times

THE BIG­GEST LAND­SLIDE ever along the Big Sur coast buried High­way 1 at Mud Creek in Mon­terey County on May 20. It added 13 acres of coast­line.

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