Section of CA Hwy. 1 has collapsed

Old Jan 30th, 2021, 04:05 PM
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Section of CA Hwy. 1 has collapsed

We had a huge storm this week. A section of California Highway 1 south of Big Sur has collapsed, and there will be no through traffic for the foreseeable future. Repairing the last landslide (2017) took a year....
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Old Jan 30th, 2021, 05:53 PM
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I can't imagine how they will repair this. I'm sure they will, though. It will take more than a couple of weeks!
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Old Jan 30th, 2021, 08:38 PM
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This time they knew it was coming . . . the road was closed to through traffic before the storm hit.

At least (until the next hit) the road is open from Monterey/Carmel into Big Sur.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2021, 12:47 PM
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I Hope they get it fixed up and open before our next trip out, that is such a fantastic drive.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2021, 02:13 PM
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My guess is that it will be at least two years before that section of the road is open.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2021, 07:01 PM
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My guess is that it will be at least two years before that section of the road is open.
I don't think it will take nearly 2 years. As Hwy 1 slides go this is big but not nearly a humongous as the Mud Creek slide. That one was massive, the largest ever IIRC and took 'only' 14 months (which was a miracle really). CalTrans are pros with hwy 1 'issues'.
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Old Feb 4th, 2021, 08:44 AM
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The Mud Creek slide had geologic origins. There was land movement over many years before the big event, and repairs were very complicated.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/03/...ophic-failure/

Hopefully, repairs of the recent slide will be more straight-forward. I looked at google images of that section of roadway from before the slide, and there was evidence of multiple small "patch" repairs to the asphalt which might just be normal maintenance stuff. Or not. The ravine (now small canyon) at the slide point would definitely funnel a lot of water through a small space.
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That's a beautiful highway, but there's definitely some problems with having it right on the coast. Not the first time I've heard of a chunk of HWY 1 collapsing. It takes a beating, especially when there's bad weather.
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