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Section of Highway 1 that collapsed during storm reopens

Big Sur Highway Collapse
Posted at 2:18 PM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 17:18:46-04

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP)  — A section of California’s scenic Highway 1 that collapsed during a winter storm has reopened to traffic.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and work crews stood on the freshly paved and marked roadway to celebrate the reopening Friday.

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Portion of California's Hwy 1 washed away in storm

KSBY Staff
11:48 AM, Jan 29, 2021

The highway along Big Sur had been closed since Jan. 28, when heavy rain unleashed torrents of mud and debris leftover from a wildfire, washing down a 150-foot chunk of roadway into the sea. Storms in 2017 caused slides that closed off Big Sur for more than a year.

This time, crews worked nearly 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, and were able to restore the roadway nearly two months ahead of schedule, aided by dry weather and increasingly longer days.