The Cambrian

Work to fix 'major instability' on Hwy. 1 in Big Sur to cause delays

A stretch of Highway 1 north of Lucia on the south coast of Big Sur will be under one-way flagging control starting Monday due to what Caltrans called “major instability” in the southbound, oceanside lane, the agency has announced.

The site is just north of the Big Creek Bridge, about 5 miles north of Lucia and 28 miles north of the San Luis Obispo-Monterey county line.

Traffic control is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday for up to three weeks. Delays are not expected to exceed 10 minutes.

After crews finish installing a temporary guardrail and traffic signal, the signal will alternately allow north- and southbound traffic through 24 hours a day, seven days a week until a permanent repair, perhaps a viaduct, can be put in place.

John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo has the contract for the temporary work. Award of a contract for the permanent repair is expected next year.