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CA Hwy 1 Closed Near Big Sur - Construction Updates ONLY! [Reopened 7/18/18]

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This thread is limited to information about the road closure and construction updates.

Discussions of alternate plans and comparison of driving on US HWY 101 vs. CA SR 1 belong in the main Pacific Coast Highway thread:
Pacific Coast Highway - CA Route 1 between SF & LA [closed indefinitely near Big Sur]
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Old Feb 22, 17, 4:33 pm
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CA Hwy 1 Closed Near Big Sur - Construction Updates ONLY! [Reopened 7/18/18]

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/S...=articlerecirc


Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur cracked beyond repair by rains, must be replaced

If you were planning on driving up/down the coast the entire way between LA and SF, you'll need to make alternate plans.
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Old Feb 22, 17, 4:46 pm
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"The closure means travelers can no longer make the complete road-trip along California's scenic Highway 1. Motorists may now only travel south on State Route 1 from Carmel to just south of Palo Colorado in Monterey County and north from Cambria to Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County."
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Caltrans announced after a bridge inspection on Tuesday that the structure is beyond repair, and it will take six months or more to build a new one.
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Caltrans announced after a bridge inspection on Tuesday that the structure is beyond repair, and it will take six months or more to build a new one.
This is California we're talking about.

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Considering where that bridge is located, it'll take at least 6 months for the ground to stabilize, then a year or two for the environmental impact report, and then who knows how long for it to actually get replaced.

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Old Feb 23, 17, 9:49 am
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Please let's keep this thread limited to updates and information about the road closure and rebuilding of the bridge.

Discussion of alternate plans and comparison of driving on US HWY 101 vs. CA SR 1 belong in the main Pacific Coast Highway thread:
Pacific Coast Highway - CA Route 1 between SF & LA [closed indefinitely near Big Sur]
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How unfortunate. This stretch of Hwy. 1 is among the most scenic parts.
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Update on the bridge

There is an update on the condition of the Pfeiffer Canyon bridge. From the article:
Caltrans engineers evaluated the canyon Wednesday to try and determine the position and the location for a new bridge. Galarza wouldn’t say how long it could take before a new bridge is in place, explaining it would depend on the design.

They need to gather survey data, right-of-way mapping and geotechnical information, Galarza said.
Summary: replacing the bridge isn't going to be quick or easy.
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Summary: replacing the bridge isn't going to be quick or easy.
Indeed. Even if all governmental approvals are lightening-fast, the design and construction for this sort of project are no easy tasks.
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Yikes. Looking at the pictures, I see a structural failure. It's not something that's likely to be fixable; likely it's a full replacement. That means they'll have to demolish the bridge, reassess the geography, design a new bridge (with all the safety and environmental considerations that entails under law), and then build it.

Having a break in Highway 1 is going to be a big hit to the tourism based economy of the Central Coast for some time to come. Not to mention the daily living of local residents.
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From the The Big Sur Blog:
CALTRANS HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
1:00 PM

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Drilling began yesterday, Thursday and will continue for approximately two weeks. Caltrans geotechnical and bridge experts from around the state are working as quickly as possible toward the bridge replacement. Drilling investigation findings are targeted for March 17. You can see the drilling rig in these photos.

<snip>
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Please let's keep this thread limited to updates and information about the road closure and rebuilding of the bridge.

Discussion of alternate plans and comparison of driving on US HWY 101 vs. CA SR 1 belong in the main Pacific Coast Highway thread:
Pacific Coast Highway - CA Route 1 between SF & LA [closed indefinitely near Big Sur]
I have moved a couple of posts over to that thread.

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More photos here:
PHOTOS: Big Sur's buckling Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge

Photos Show Condemned Bridge That Promises To Shut Off Big Sur Tourism Yet Again, For Months
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Oh dear. Construction can't be easy in a place like that.
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