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Apr 21, 2011 8:36 PM by Ariel Wesler

Amgen tour to roll through Paso Robles despite Hwy 1 closure

A road closure on Highway 1 will likely force the Amgen Tour to change course.

A mudslide closed a portion of the highway near Alder Creek last month. Caltrans says that will likely impact Stage Five of the Amgen tour that takes place May 19th. It's a 139-mile section of the race on Highway 1 one from Seaside to Paso Robles.

Expect the Amgen tour to roll through Paso Robles next month, but the race to city will likely have a different look. Caltrans crews have been working dawn to dusk to remove the dirt, rock, and debris from highway one in Monterey County.

"We have a lot of material we have to move and we have to develop an approach to very carefully remove that material," said Steve Price with Caltrans.

Meanwhile, organizers in Paso Robles are preparing the city to appear on the world's stage.

"We are told that the slide will not impact the stage five finish here in the city of Paso Robles, so we're proceeding as planned," said Lt. Tim Murphy with the Paso Robles Police Department.

It's an event that draws as many as 30,000 people to the city, bringing it incredible publicity for now and in the future.

"It draws spectators from all over both to our city and then also to our city via television broadcasts of the event," Murphy said.

With broadcasts to more than 200 countries, all eyes will be on the small Central Coast town, anxiously awaiting a big finish.

Amgen officials say they will decide on any changes to the route by the end of the month. Caltrans does not have a set date to re-open the section of Highway 1 near Alder Creek.


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