Caltrans to close parts of Highway 1 in Big Sur before major storms

When the next major storm hits Monterey County, Caltrans will take a proactive safety approach by shutting down Highway 1 along the Big Sur Coast at two trouble spots.

Gates have been installed at Mud Creek, where more than 5 million cubic yards of dirt and rocks slid down the hillside and covered a quarter mile of the roadway with as much as 40 feet of debris in May 2017, and at Paul’s Slide.

Susana Cruz, a Caltrans spokeswoman, said continued slide activity at the two sites combined with the multiyear process of the earth beneath Highway 1 at Mud Creek settling led to the decision to shut the road to all traffic as major storms approach.