A mudslide closed Highway 1 overnight on the south coast of Big Sur, and Caltrans officials were unsure when the highway might be reopened.
The slide that occurred Thursday is just south of Limekiln State Park, 20 miles north of the San Luis Obispo-Monterey county line. Motorists are being stopped at Nacimiento Fergusson Road, near Kirk Creek.
A decision to suspend the road-clearing effort was made after a contractor’s loader was struck by a large boulder, according to a news release. No one was injured.
In the meantime, residents and visitors north of there but south of an earlier Big Sur slide are trapped along one of the world’s most scenic highways.
The new slide wasn’t a surprise to area residents.
As Kathleen Novoa of Big Sur, known as “Big Sur Kate” to blog enthusiasts, said Wednesday night to those on an email list for the Pelican Network, “Concerns about the southern portion of the road are quite valid.”
Some areas reportedly had mud and rock slides earlier Wednesday, and an area called “Elephant’s Trunk” was slipping.
Highway 1 is expected to remain closed to through traffic until mid-April because of a collapse of the highway about 85 miles north of Cambria from about Bixby Creek Bridge to Palo Colorado Road. Even pedestrians and bicyclists are forbidden to cross the slide area.
Various agencies have been working toward some means of getting food, medicines and other supplies to residents south of that slide who usually shop in the Carmel-Monterey area.