Big Sur, the infamous two-lane road along California’s rugged coast that borders the Santa Lucia Mountains on one side and the Pacific on the other. The area is known for majestic views and destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. California generally has dramatic weather events and this past winter was no exception. This past weekend a massive landslide closed close to one mile of the Big Sur. Parts of the road are covered with up to 40 feet of debris. Opening the road will be a hefty undertaking and may take up to a year. For more on the massive slide keep reading!
“Some longtime residents of Big Sur figured nature hadn’t finished with them this year. Over the weekend, they were proved right.”
“With a loud boom and a cloud of dust, part of a mountainside slid into the Pacific Ocean on Saturday night, swallowing roughly a third of a mile of Highway 1 and rearranging some more of Big Sur’s dramatic coastline.”
“Nature’s weekend show is just the latest challenge for Caltrans crews along the Central Coast, where the wettest winter in decades caused Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur to fail, closed parts of Highway 1 and led to the partial collapse of a section of heavily traveled Highway 17.”