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Massive Landslide on Highway 1 at Mud Creek Is Latest in Storm Damage

Caltrans News Flash #136

Date: June 29, 2017
District: Headquarters
Contact: Susana Cruz
Phone: (805) 549-3138
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

MONTEREY COUNTY – In this Caltrans News Flash, Public Information Officer Susana Cruz travels up scenic, coastal Highway 1 to the site of the recent massive landslide at Mud Creek, located nine miles north of the San Luis/Monterey County line.

This landslide, which occurred on May 20, 2017, re-shaped the California coastline with new slide material 600 feet out into the ocean creating 15 acres of new land. A quarter-mile section of Highway 1 now lies under rock and dirt 1,700 feet wide. In total, about 75 acres of land were displaced, including the 15 acres out to sea or 2.4 million yards of slide debris weighing approximately 4.2 million tons. The slide is currently still active with access restricted.

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Three separate areas of Highway 1 remain impacted by this winter's storms: Mud Creek (PM 8.9), Paul's Slide (PM 21.5) and Pfeiffer Canyon (PM 45.5).

  • From San Luis Obispo County, travelers can drive northbound on Highway 1 to Ragged Point prior to reaching the southernmost closure.
  • About one mile north of the landslide at Mud Creek, a 10-mile stretch of Highway 1 is accessible to visitors via Nacimiento-Fergusson county road, from Gorda (PM 10) to Limekiln State Park (PM 20.95). Highway 1 is closed to visitors north of Limekiln due to activity at Paul's Slide.
  • Areas to the north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge are still accessible and remain open to the public traveling from Monterey/Carmel; these areas include Garrapata State Beach, Point Sur and Point Lobos.

This Caltrans News Flash is the 136th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube.

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