Caltrans: Hwy 1 at Mud Creek expected to reopen in mid-September

Posted at 12:34 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 15:34:44-04

Caltrans has announced a new target of mid-September to reopen Highway 1 at Mud Creek.

A massive landslide in May 2017 sent more than 6 million cubic yards of rock and dirt onto the highway and into the ocean. It was the biggest slide ever along California’s Big Sur coast. Since then, Highway 1 has been closed between Salmon Creek and Gorda.

The Mud Creek slide on June 2, 2017. (Photo courtesy Caltrans)

Road construction crews have been working to create a new, ¼-mile roadway over the Mud Creek slide. Caltrans says it will be buttressed with a series of embankments, berms, rocks, netting, culverts and other stabilizing material.

Aerial view of the Mud Creek slide construction area on April 26, 2018. (Photo courtesy John Madonna)

Caltrans says it is continuously evaluating the opening date of the new roadway and expects to provide an update in July.