Coming storm threatens HWY 1 in Big Sur

The Mud Creek landslide, taken on May 27, 2017. (Contributed by USGS)

Officials temporarily close road as a precaution

UPDATE — 11:50 p.m., Nov. 28 — MONTEREY COUNTY — Due to the storm, Caltrans will close Highway 1 at Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide today, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. until further notice. Storm activity is forecast through Thursday, Nov. 29.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (PM 18.9) is the alternate route to reach Highway 1 between Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide. However, there is a 12-foot height restriction at one of the bridges along this route. Check with Fort Hunter-Liggett for more updated information on their road at www.facebook.com/FortHunterLiggett.

Caltrans’ Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units are on call and prepared to inspect and/ or clean up when the storm ends during the daylight hours and it is safe to be onsite again — Caltrans anticipate this to be Friday morning, Nov. 30. Caltrans’ goal is to open the roadway as quickly and safely as possible and their staff remains on-call 24/7.

The gates on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will be key locked. These gates will not be manned when the highway is closed and there will be no access to anyone, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

This advisory applies only to the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas with each closure being treated separately — both are closing today. Please stay tuned for additional information when the roadway opens again.

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