This from the SLO Paper...
posted April 11, 2006
Slides close Highway 1 again
Rock slide forces closure below Big Sur
Monterey County Herald
Three days after state Transportation Department officials cleared the rubble from Highway 1 south of Big Sur, the highway was closed again Monday because of more rock slides.
Caltrans officials said Monday that rocks and mud started cascading down the hillside overnight, forcing the closure from Limekiln to Lucia north of the San Luis Obispo County line. The closure will continue until the debris is cleared and the roadway is safe, said Susana Cruz, spokeswoman for Caltrans' district office in San Luis Obispo.
The roadway had been closed last week for several days because of slides, but Caltrans reopened the highway in time for weekend traffic.
Motorists from Monterey can travel south by taking Monterey-Salinas Highway to Highway 101. Businesses are open north to Ragged Point and south to the Big Sur area.
For updates, call Caltrans at (800) 427-7623.
posted on Tue, Apr. 11, 2006
Highway 1 reopens again
Highway 1 south of Big Sur is open again — for now. Caltrans reopened the highway about 3 p.m. today, after clearing debris from recent rock and mudslides.
Motorists may encounter short delays as cleanup work continues from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Recent rain-triggered slides had blocked the highway Monday morning from the Limekiln area to Lucia.
The highway also was closed for a time last week after a large boulder fell in one location and a mudslide stopped traffic in another spot. Caltrans reopened the road from Friday afternoon to mid-morning Monday.
When the coastal highway is closed, northbound motorists must head inland on Highway 46 to 101 in Paso Robles and southbound motorists detour on Highway 68 off the Monterey peninsula to Highway 101 in Salinas.
Caltrans provides recorded messages with the latest highway information at (800) 427-7623.