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Yikes. Sadly, September 2019 was our most recent vacation (not including quarantining in our backyard) and we drove the PCH from Santa Cruz to Ventura. Happily the whole highway was still there.

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1600 posts

hey hey
thanks mona and lola for the sites and pictures. heard road washout in aptos and PG&E truck went down into the ravine. we had the fence along the house lean into side, handyman came to push back with some lumber until weather clears. plus 7 feet of snow going to tahoe with roads closed, friends were so anxious to go play in snow, got to sacramento and turned back. traffic at standstill, snow will still be there,
stay safe everyone and slow down on the slippery roads.
aloha

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This was going to be a day ride for us this winter to escape the house. We live in Santa Barbara. It looks like a major repair that’ll take a long time.

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The detour signs will be quite weathered before they are taken down

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1659 posts

I was so shocked to see this on the news yesterday. That is one big washout! Glad no one was hurt.
We drove hwy 1 in December 2019, from Hemet to San Simeon so did not get quite this far up the hwy, but we are certainly planning it for the future.

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2256 posts

Well yes, that is one big bit of damage, which will certainly require a major and lengthy project. Will the State of California ever decide that this wonderful scenic road simply cannot be maintained in perpetuity? The road from the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel is still open through Big Sur and Esalen, including beautiful scenery, various parks, restaurants for outside dining, and to some limited degree, hotels.

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For those interested, CalTrans announced their plan for repairing the damage to Highway 1 by Big Sur. They are planning a large amount of fill, with one or more major culverts to allow storm water to flow through. This method will evidently be both faster and less expensive than building a bridge. The projection is to complete the project and open the highway sometime this summer, at a cost of $11.5 million. I’m no expert, but both of those projections sound mighty ambitious and optimistic to me.