Highway 1 will stay open during the daytime

Highway 1 will remain open during the day at the south end of Big Sur, Caltrans announced Monday. After a series of storms last week, Caltrans had said the road would be completely closed for two to three weeks.

The highway will close daily at 5 p.m. and reopen at 8 a.m. about nine miles north of Ragged Point Inn and three miles south of Gorda.

Flaggers will control one-way traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as crews work to fix a section of fill washed out by heavy surf.

Work on a drain under the highway was already under way; that work is expected to be finished sometime in February.

Farther north in Big Sur, two miles south of Lucia and about 45 miles north of Cambria, a $29 million, four-year project is also under way. A 620-foot bridge and protective cover will be installed at Pitkin’s Curve in the Rainrocks area. The road there is subject to one-way traffic controlled by a signal light 24 hours a day.

Caltrans suggests that, before driving the coast, motorists call a new hotline to check traffic information on Big Sur from Cambria to Carmel. The toll-free number is 888-836-0866.

Road information is also available online at www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm.