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New Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur has an opening date

Timelapse: See Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge take shape in Big Sur

This timelapse video of Caltrans' work on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur shows steel girders being pulled to the edge of the north abutment in preparation for launch across the canyon. The original bridge on Highway 1 was damaged in winter
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This timelapse video of Caltrans' work on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur shows steel girders being pulled to the edge of the north abutment in preparation for launch across the canyon. The original bridge on Highway 1 was damaged in winter

The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur will open to the public on Friday, Oct. 13, Caltrans said on Tuesday.

The bridge will be open to locals and the public by 5 p.m. on that day, assuming there are no issues with weather, materials or equipment.

Final work will continue on the bridge for several weeks after it opens, and there will be some weekday lane closures. But once the bridge opens, there won’t be a need for it to close all the way again.

However, travelers will still be unable to access the entire length of Highway 1 from Cambria to Carmel as the Mud Creek Slide continues to block the scenic road from just north of Salmon Creek to just south of Gorda, Caltrans said.

Once the new bridge is open, though, travelers will be able to access the coast without having to go back and forth on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.

The original Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was demolished in mid-March after heavy rainfall saturated the ground, causing it to buckle.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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