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Highway 1 Reopens to Escorted Traffic Near Limekiln Creek South of Big Sur

Crews still removing debris from slide; road remains closed north of Big Sur at Rocky Creek

Crews clearing debris on Highway 1 south of Big Sur made solid progress Saturday, enough to open the iconic California roadway to escorted traffic near Limekiln Creek, officials said Sunday. North of Big Sur, the highway remains closed near Rocky Creek.

Caltrans spokesman Colin Jones said the highway will reopen for an hour at 10 a.m. Sunday and again at 2 p.m. to escorted traffic in both directions between Limekiln, 25 miles south of Big Sur at Post Mile 20.5, and Rocky Creek to the north in Monterey County. At 6 p.m. Sunday, he said, the road will be opened to escorted traffic continuously, including overnight.

Several tons of mud and rock are being cleared from the landslide area and Jones advised motorists that conditions could change at any time.

Meanwhile, two-mile section of the highway at Rocky Creek, at Post Mile 60.5, is closed in both directions between the Bixby Creek Bridge north of Big Sur to Palo Colorado Road south of Carmel. Officials have said it will take crews at least one month to make temporary repairs from that slide, which severely damaged the southbound lane. The roadway is closed to all traffic, including emergency vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Jones said community officials are coordinating with Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol to provide limited helicopter shuttle service from the Rocky Point Restaurant, 10 miles south of Carmel, to Little Sur River Bridge. Those flights are expected to begin Monday.

One lane of traffic is open at Dani Creek just south of Lucia with a temporary signal in place so crews can install a retaining wall. That project is expected to be completed this summer.

In San Luis Obispo County, a culvert repair project is under way along a section of the highway beginning just south of Hearst Castle to four miles south of the Monterey County line. During the project, which is expected to be completed in June, one-way reversing traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays with up to 15-minute delays possible.

Click here for more information from Caltrans or call the toll-free hotline at 888.836.0866.

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