Caltrans released new photos Monday of the work along Highway 1 in the Mud Creek area where a massive landslide wiped out the roadway nearly one year ago.
Crews are reconstructing the highway over the landslide. Caltrans says it will be buttressed with a series of embankments, berms, rocks, netting, culverts, and other stabilizing material. This week, work is focused on the north end of the slide.
Caltrans expects to reopen the highway to traffic in mid-September but says it is continuously evaluating the opening date as work progresses and expects to provide an update in July.
The May 20, 2017 landslide sent about 6 million cubic yards of rock and dirt onto the highway and into the ocean. It was the largest slide ever along California’s Big Sur coast. Since then, Highway 1 has been closed between Salmon Creek and Gorda.
So far, the cost to rebuild the highway totals $54 million.