Big Sur and a 40-mile stretch of Highway 1 will continue to be an isolated island for at least a week, Caltrans announced mid-day Tuesday.
A massive rock-and-dirt slide continues to block the scenic roadway at Alder Creek, about 2 miles south of Gorda and 38 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. A landslide closed the road there on Sunday.
The highway is also closed at the north end of Big Sur, between the Bixby Creek Bridge and Palo Colorado near Carmel, where a roadway segment at Rocky Creek fell into the sea March 16.
Community officials are coordinating with Caltrans and CHP to provide limited helicopter shuttle service from Rocky Point Restaurant to Little Sur River Bridge.
Caltrans says crews and the contractors are working from dawn to dusk to get the roadway open as quickly — and safely — as possible.
Crews assessing the roadway at Rocky Creek have tentatively determined that, at the earliest, it will be mid- to late April before a temporary repair would allow traffic to resume there, including for emergency vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.
For now, the only access in and out of Big Sur is over the narrow, winding Nacimiento Fergusson Road, which crosses the coastal range between King City and Kirk Creek.