Highway 1 through Big Sur could be blocked through June, according to an updated, extended estimate issued Wednesday afternoon by Caltrans.
A massive rock and dirt slide covered hundreds of feet of the highway on April 14, and Caltrans had been estimating it would take four to six weeks to reopen the road about 7 miles north of the San Luis Obispo/Monterey county line; the new estimate is four to eight weeks.
All businesses remain open on either side of the slide, including Cambria, Hearst Castle and Ragged Point on the south side, and Gorda, Lucia and Big Sur campgrounds and lodgings on the north side.
Motorists can reach Big Sur via Monterey and Carmel to the north. Nacimiento Fergusson Road to the south connects to Highway 101 north of San Miguel, but is narrow, steep, twisting and not recommended for nighttime travel.