Highway 1 was to reopen Wed. night at north end of Big Sur

Highway 1 will reopen for 24-hour-a-day traffic at 8 tonight, a day earlier than expected and 35 days after 60 feet of the southbound lane between Big Sur and Carmel fell into the ocean, Caltrans announced this afternoon.

One lane will be open, with south- and north-bound traffic alternating.

Caltrans reopened the highway 60 miles north of the San Luis Obispo/Monterey county line for night-time travel only on Saturday night, two days after a new slide 7 miles north of the county line blocked the highway at the south end of Big Sur.

That southern blockage is expected to take weeks, possibly a month, to clear enough to allow even a partial road reopening.

Nacimiento Fergusson Road remains open as an alternate route to the south end of Big Sur, but the steep, winding road over the Santa Lucia road between the coast and King City is not recommended for nighttime travel.

— Bert Etling