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Big Sur coastal highway remains closed for emergency repairs

Damaged netting at Cow Cliffs on Highway 1 on Tuesday. (Contributed Photo)

MONTEREY COUNTY — Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast will remain closed between Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County and Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn in Monterey County while emergency rockfall and debris removal take place, officials announced Tuesday.

Caltrans has initiated a $1.3 million emergency contract with Papich Construction for rockfall removal and repair of the rockfall system at Cow Cliffs (PM 28.2), slide and debris removal at Paul’s Slide (PM 22), and repairs to damage at the Caltrans Willow Springs maintenance station (PM 10.4). 

Crews have mobilized and work will continue Wednesday morning at those locations.

“Despite 12 inches of rain in 24 hours at some of the peaks, most portions of Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast fared well during the recent rain event, including those affected by the January 2021 storm,” Caltrans stated in a news release.

K-Rail slide at Paul’s Slide on Highway 1 on Tuesday. (Contributed Photo)

Assessments of the closure area of Highway 1 will continue to take place during daylight hours and when safe to do so prior to any modification of the closure parameters, Caltrans added.

Decisions on modifying the closure parameters will be made on a day-to-day basis and will be informed by these field assessments.

This closure of Highway 1 will continue to extend from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County to Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn in Monterey County (44.6 miles).

Ragged Point is located 1.45 miles south of the San Luis Obispo/Monterey County line: https://goo.gl/maps/3TwYXL6sS1dRbPZi8.

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn is located in Monterey County at Post Mile 42.1: https://goo.gl/maps/bup3meiu6iKeNqkJ8.

Barricades and cones, as well as message and directional signs, will be in place at both ends of the closure to alert motorists traveling in the area.

Boulders in the roadway along the Big Sur coast on Tuesday. (Contributed Photo)