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Highway 1 in Big Sur closed as rocks fall on highway

Why is Highway 1 cracking at Mud Creek?

A few weeks after scenic Highway 1 reopened to Big Sur, cracks have appeared in the pavement as the new roadway settles at the site of the Mud Creek Slide.
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A few weeks after scenic Highway 1 reopened to Big Sur, cracks have appeared in the pavement as the new roadway settles at the site of the Mud Creek Slide.
Update, 9:45 a.m. Monday


Highway 1 will reopen at 10 a.m., Caltrans said.


Update: 7:40 p.m.

Highway 1 in Big Sur is closed from Mud Creek to Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, Caltrans announced Sunday evening. “Several rocks have fallen on Highway 1 south of Big Sur per CHP,” the agency said. The road will be closed overnight, and crews will assess the road again on Monday morning.

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Earlier Sunday, Caltrans said Highway 1 in Big Sur would not close Sunday evening.

The agency had said the slide areas looked good and the rain forecast wasn’t as heavy as originally predicted. However, in an emailed news release, Caltrans said crews will assess the area again Monday.

“There is a line of storms in the forecast, there is a possibility we may need to pre-emptively close Highway 1 with less than 48 hours’ notice,” the agency said in the release.

On Saturday, Caltrans announced a possible closure set for Sunday evening, stating that there was “a high likelihood” the road would close between Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek due to heavy rain forecast for Sunday night.

Another part of Highway 1, in the Woolsey Fire area, closed Saturday night and was expected to remain closed until at least Monday, Caltrans said.

That closure was caused by heavy rain that pummeled the Central and Southern California coasts on Saturday.

Due to Saturday’s rain, authorities issued urban and small stream flooding advisories for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties as well as slide warnings on Saturday for Highways 101 and 154. Flash flood warnings were also in effect Saturday for the Woolsey Fire burn area, including Highway 1.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.


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