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Hwy 1 in Big Sur area to close as storm nears

Posted at 11:25 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 17:56:27-05

Caltrans announced Tuesday that Highway 1 between Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek will be closed starting mid-morning Wednesday, Nov. 28, because of the approaching storm system.

This section of highway in the Big Sur area is prone to landslides. A quarter-mile section at Mud Creek, which was wiped out by a slide in May 2017, was just reopened in July after a $54 million project to rebuild the roadway. Caltrans says it will take approximately two winters for the new slopes along the highway to stabilize.

Paul’s Slide also suffered major storm damage in 2017 and Caltrans say it remains active, as well.

The closure is part of a new plan by Caltrans intended to keep motorists safe during significant storm systems.

Caltrans says recently-installed gates on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will be closed and locked, and no one will be allowed through until the area has been inspected, cleaned up, and determined to be safe.

Highway 1 at Mud Creek in Big Sur reopened on July 18, 2018. (KSBY photo)