The Cambrian

Highway 1 in Big Sur reopens to nighttime traffic

Highway 1 winds along the coast south of Gorda.
Highway 1 winds along the coast south of Gorda.

An ongoing project to build a retaining wall in a rockslide-prone stretch of Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo and southern Monterey counties will switch to daytime construction on Tuesday, ending nighttime highway closures that began in August.

The closures, which affected the highway from Gorda to Ragged Point, are ending a month earlier than previously planned, Caltrans said. But the highway may need to close again before the completion of the project.

For now, roadwork will occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, traffic will be delayed as motorists alternate through a one-lane stretch of the highway via a temporary traffic signal. Motorists can expect a 5- to 10-minute delay.

The project is scheduled for completion in winter 2016-17.