Hwy 1 Big Sur closure boundaries moved

Hwy 1 Big Sur closure boundaries moved

A stretch of Highway 1 near Big Sur in California that collapsed this week because of a winter storm will need millions of dollars in repairs.

Video posted Sunday by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office shows the extent of the damage, including the massive chasm where part of the road fell into the Pacific Ocean.

In this photo provided by Caltrans, a section of Highway 1 is shown collapsed.

Caltrans crews discovered the debris flow on Thursday, and issued an emergency contract to Papich Construction in San Luis Obispo County to assist with the fix.

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Officials are still appraising the damage and could not give a timetable for completion of the enormous undertaking needed to fix the central section of California Highway 1.

He said the washout will impact some businesses and residents and force those travelling from Southern California to take a detour that will add about two hours to their trip.

"Oh my gosh! All our businesses came through the spring, summer, and fall" because people "were desperate to get out of their towns", Mary Ann Carson, executive director of the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, told a local newspaper. "It would be great if the state would build a temporary road, maybe behind that hill, for people to traverse while Caltrans rebuilds the damaged section".

Caltrans says an emergency contractor is on board.

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