BIG SUR (CBSLA/AP) — An iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide reopened to traffic Wednesday.
The California Department of Transportation says the road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco would be reopened to all travelers by mid-morning.
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— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) July 18, 2018
The department says construction workers made great progress and the road will open weeks earlier than expected. They had estimated an opening by the end of July.
Highway 1 was blocked by a massive landslide in May 2017, displacing 75 acres of land. The debris slid well out into the ocean, creating 15 acres of new coastline about 9 miles.
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A new @USGS research project started taking air photos just before #BigSur #MudCreek landslide. This time-lapse animation shows what happened and progress during construction. No photos from July, too foggy! Details: https://t.co/eUvMJvZ0Mu pic.twitter.com/6YvvhirTcq
— USGS Coastal Change (@USGSCoastChange) July 18, 2018
Narrow, windy Highway 1 through Big Sur is a major tourist draw, attracting visitors to serene groves of redwoods, beaches and the highway’s dramatic oceanside scenery.
Last year’s rough winter closed at least two other stretches of road in the area, forcing some resorts to close and others to use helicopters to ferry in supplies and guests.
Instead of trying to clear the scenic highway of a million tons of rock and dirt that had come down, state transportation officials instead decided to build a new road on top of it, a project that cost $54 million.MORE NEWS: 3 Charged In Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From LA Homeless Nonprofit
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