Caltrans District 5 officials announced Thursday the new opening date for Highway 1 in Monterey County after a portion of the road washed away during a storm in January.
Highway 1 at Rat Creek south of Big Sur will be open to through traffic by Friday, April 30, according to Caltrans.
This is two months ahead of the original opening date of July 1.
The section of highway was closed Jan. 28 after a torrential rain and wind storm sent a 150-foot-wide section of the highway and bluff sliding into the ocean.
Caltrans officials said the earlier date is due to favorable weather and soil conditions.
The entire project costs $11.5 million. Crews continue to use heavy equipment to fill the canyon with dirt in a large triangle shape so they can build a new road over the damaged 150-foot section.
Great news: #Hwy1 at Rat Creek south of #BigSur will OPEN to thru traffic by Friday, April 30, two months ahead of schedule due to favorable weather & soil conditions. Thanks for your patience & cooperation, kudos to our crews/contractor for a safe, speedy rebuild. @BigSurCC pic.twitter.com/YnD42eJ7Um— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) April 8, 2021