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Crews continue to dig out Highway 1 after massive landslide

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. - California Department of Transportation crews are continuing their efforts to restore sections of California State Route 1 after last month's major mudslide. 

The May 20 landslide dramatically reshaped the California coastline.

Slide material stretched out over 600 feet out into the ocean creating 15 acres of new land. A quarter-mile section of Highway 1 remains under rock and dirt 1,700 feet wide.

CalTrans says about 75 acres of land were displaced, including the 15 acres out to sea or 2.4 million yards of slide debris weighing approximately 4.2 million tons. The slide is currently still active with access restricted.

Mud Creek, Paul’s Slide and Pfeiffer Canyon on Highway 1 remain impacted by damages caused by winter storms.

Travelers from San Luis Obispo County can drive northbound on Highway 1 to Ragged Point prior to reaching the southernmost closure.

About one mile north of the landslide at Mud Creek, a 10-mile stretch of Highway 1 is accessible to visitors via Nacimiento-Fergusson county road, from Gorda to Limekiln State Park.

Highway 1 is closed to visitors north of Limekiln due to activity at Paul’s Slide.

According to CalTrans, areas to the north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge are still accessible and remain open to the public traveling from Monterey including Garrapata State Beach, Point Sur and Point Lobos.


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