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Crews near final phase of Big Sur bridge rebuild

Sep 20, 2017
Erika Mahoney/KAZU

The downed bridge that split Big Sur in two is getting closer to completion. It’s been seven months since winter storms damaged it beyond repair and left part of the community stranded. 

Iconic Ragged Point sign has pointed the way for decades
Thomas Wilmer

A massive landslide this past spring sealed off Highway 1 nine miles north of the San Luis Obispo/Monterey County line. Fortunately the dramatic realm of Big Sur Country south of the slide is still open and accessible. Tom Wilmer visits with Rory Cosma at the family-owned Ragged Point Inn and Resort, located 24-miles north of Cambria. 

Big Sur's Henry Miller Library looks at branching out

Aug 25, 2017
Krista Almanzan

The Henry Miller Library is an iconic Big Sur destination. But a bridge failure and landslides left it stranded without tourists to support it. So the library moved north and set up temporary shop in Carmel. Now it’s executive director is finding reason to make that temporary location permanent. 

Kirk Siegler/NPR

Rush hour in Big Sur, Calif., has taken on a whole new meaning.

Most mornings and afternoons, a newly built footpath that plunges through a grove of towering redwoods is clogged with workers and schoolchildren.

That hiking trail is a lifeline. It circumnavigates a bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway that has been closed since February, after it collapsed from rain and mudslides. Without that path, much of the village of Big Sur would be cut off from the outside world.

Greta Mart/KCBX

The Mud Creek Slide is being called the biggest landslide to hit the Central Coast, at least in recent memory. On May 20, millions of tons of rocks and dirt collapsed over Route 1 when four separate, adjacent slides triggered at the same time, combining into one massive terrain avalanche.

Greta Mart/KCBX

The Big Sur area has been losing tourism business over the past year due to a series of natural disasters. It started with last summer’s Sobranes Fire, which set records as the the costliest American wildfire in terms of the resources it took to put out. Then heavy winter rains caused road closures due to mudslides and the condemnation of the Pfieffer Canyon Bridge. Then came the massive landslide that wreaked havoc on the area last Saturday. 

Courtesy of John Madonna Construction

Four different landslides rolled into one buried California's famous coastal highway under millions of tons of earth and rocks last Saturday night at Mud Creek. Located eight miles north of Ragged Point - where Hwy. 1 has been closed to Big Sur-bound traffic for months - the slide brought down enough dirt to extend the current shoreline by 250 feet. State Route 1 now lies under about 35 feet of dirt for a quarter mile. 

CalTrans

CalTrans sent engineers out Wednesday to evaluate how to completely demolish the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, after a wrecking ball failed to break through the bridge Monday. 

Courtesy of CalTrans

In Monterey County, a Caltrans crew spent Tuesday afternoon evaluating the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, just north of Big Sur Pfeiffer State Park. The bridge was closed last week due to damage from the recent rains. Since then, the saturated, sliding land underneath has moved the bridge seven inches. 

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017: Caltrans says the bridge is beyond repair and will have to be replaced entirely. 

Cal Fire Twitter: video credit - Keith Vandevere

UPDATE: July 26, 2016 at 12:43 p.m.

Air patterns over California's Central Coast are pushing smoke from Monterey County's Soberanes Fire south into San Luis Obispo County, initiating an Air Quality Alert on Tuesday.

Caltrans District 5

A stretch of Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo County famous for its road-closing rock and mud slides is getting some badly-needed upgrading. 

Best Buddies International

Drivers along Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties will likely encounter some road closures Saturday as the Best Buddies event moves south from Carmel to San Simeon.

More than 1500 people taking part in the 11th Annual Best Buddies Challenge, which raises money for the non-profit organization Best Buddies International.

The organization pairs volunteer "buddies" with people who have intellectual disabilities.

This year's ride is bringing in $4.5 million, which is more than previous years according to organizers.

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Riders in the Amgen Tour of California, the largest professional bicycle race in the United States, encountered temperatures well above normal for the Central Coast during Wednesday's Stage 4 along Highway 1.

Heat records were broken throughout San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday, with many inland locations hovering at or near 100 degrees. Along the coast, where the riders spent most of their time, temperatures were a bit more moderate with 80s and 90s.