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New landslide on Highway 1 in Big Sur cleaned up

The Mud Creek Slide, seen here, has closed a portion of Highway 1. A new slide Thursday, April 20, at Chimney Chute, south of Limekiln, caused another closure there.
The Mud Creek Slide, seen here, has closed a portion of Highway 1. A new slide Thursday, April 20, at Chimney Chute, south of Limekiln, caused another closure there.

Update, 1 p.m. April 20, 2017

Caltrans Willow Springs Maintenance group reported to Caltrans headquarters in San Luis Obispo that the Chimney Chute slide (20 miles north of the Monterey County line), the newest landslide between Cambria and Carmel, has been cleared and all lanes are open near Limekiln. That report came in about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20. However, through traffic cannot go any further north than Ragged Point, due to other landslide clearing and bridge-building project work.

Original story

Caltrans has reported a new landslide on Highway 1 at Chimney Chute, 20 miles north of the Monterey County line, just south of Limekiln. The slide, which happened on Thursday, April 20, about 11 a.m., closed both lanes of the scenic All-American highway.

However, the route through Big Sur to Carmel remains closed to through traffic from the south at Ragged Point, due to other landslides and the damage to, demolition of and rebuilding project for the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers said the agency expects to reopen Highway 1 from Ragged Point to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge area in early June.

Caltrans representatives say they’ll provide updates when more information is available, and then when the slide is cleared.

Take a look at the debris left behind after much of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur was demolished and plummeted to the canyon below on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The bridge cracked and shifted during recent rains, and officials declared the brid

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