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.
Portion of California's Hwy 1 washed away in storm
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.