California’s restless new stretch of beachfront property in Big Sur will soon have a road.
To erect motion-sensing radar out on the tip of a 13-acre peninsula created by the dangerous Mud Creek Slide on Highway 1, crews are planning a route across the loose debris field created by one of California’s largest coastal landslides in recent history.
There also are plans to start excavation on the southern side of now-buried highway just north of the San Luis Obispo County line in order to build a ledge for construction equipment.
“We’re trying to find stable ground. We are pioneering a road,” said John Madonna of John Madonna Construction Co. of San Luis Obispo, which will conduct the Caltrans project to open the Big Sur stretch of road.
The new radar system will be installed atop what’s been dubbed “Pyramid Rock,” a barn-sized boulder at the edge of the new apron of coastline that’s the size of 10 football fields.