LUCIA, Calif. — Scenic California 1, a favorite of tourists wending their way along the state's rocky coast, was damaged by last weekend's storms and is closed near this tiny community south of Big Sur, officials said Wednesday.
The road was closed Monday after California Department of Transportation crews noticed the pavement sagging when they drove across it, said John George, a communications operator with the California Highway Patrol in Monterey County.
They discovered that a large section of the pavement's support had washed away in the weekend's torrential rains.
"They decided they'd better get that road closed right away," he said.
Jenny Linzner, public affairs officer for CalTrans in San Luis Obispo County, said the pavement of the southbound lanes is completely gone just south of here and the northbound lanes are undermined.
"Weather permitting, and if things go according to plan, we hope in a couple of weeks to have a signal up for one-way traffic," Linzner said. "But that depends on further investigation and the weather. If it slides more, obviously we will have to take other measures."
The road is closed northbound at Ragged Point and southbound at the Lime Creek bridge. Local traffic is getting through up to the point where the road has been washed away.