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New Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Restores Vital Highway 1 Link to Big Sur

Caltrans News Flash #152

Date: November 27, 2017
District: District 5
Contact: Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3189
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

MONTEREY COUNTY/BIG SUR – In this Caltrans News Flash, we meet on Highway 1 in Big Sur to celebrate the newly completed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Through innovative design and collaboration, Caltrans was able to build a new bridge in seven months when a project of this magnitude would normally take 7-8 years.

The original bridge was damaged in a landslide in February 2017. Due to the severe impact to the community of losing this bridge Caltrans was ble to accelerate the project. Caltrans ordered the steel in advance, accelerated the design and used an innovative way to pull the assembled steel girder bridge into place.

The new bridge restores a vital link between Big Sur and the other communities in Monterey County. Highway 1 remains closed from south of Gorda (PM 10) to north of Salmon Creek (PM 3) due to the massive landslide at Mud Creek which occurred on May 20. Caltrans is working diligently there and expects to re-open that section of Highway 1 late next summer, weather permitting.

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This Caltrans News Flash is the 152nd 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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