Coast highway collapse: heads up for those traveling to/through Big Sur

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  1. bubb1
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    Doesn't look good for a while here...for those trying to get to Big Sur from Monterey the best available detour is via SR 101 which is over a hundred mile detour!
     
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    It looks like it is going to be months. You never know with these things, but the way it looks, and who knows how much more rock is going to go.....
     
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    Latest I read said that it is going to keep on raining and some more cracks have been spotted. What a mess for the good folks of Big Sur right as we exit winter, it will surely crush the weekend tourist business from the north. Hope it gets fixed in time for summer high season, the highway brings a shocking quantity of tourists through there...
     
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    Passage is fine between Monterey and Big Sur, but you may experience delays. Further south, near the San Luis Obispo County line, the road is still closed.

    See the Monterey County Conventions & Visitors Bureau Traveler Alert page or the DOT Caltrans page for current info.
     
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    Recent image of the highway at Alder Creek (south of Big Sur):

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    Note that you can even see in the photo that rocks are falling all the time. The current estimate is 4-8 weeks, with the detour being via Nacimiento-Fergusson road. As posted above, the latest status is always found via the Caltrans site. Photo credit: http://bigsurkate.wordpress.com/
     
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    Some friends of mine just biked from the Bay Area to Paso Robles, and they had to turn inland on Nacimiento-Ferguson Road. They said that there were also several smaller rockslides all along the way that required CalTrans traffic control.
     
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    Still closed as of May 28!
     
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    Good news, just received word (via Post Ranch Inn) that the highway will open at Alder creek by this friday, 6/10. Unless anything changes this means the road is free of closures!
     
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    It's definitely in much better shape, with only two areas of lane restrictions left on the Monterey southwards stretch:

     

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