Rockslide closes 40-mile stretch of Highway 1 near Big Sur

A rock fall over the weekend has caused a 40-mile stretch of California’s Highway 1 to be closed Monday as authorities assess the damage done to the road.

The closed portion of the freeway extends from Ragged Point to south of Big Sur, according to Caltrans, although the road between Carmel and Big Sur is open.

According to photos released by Caltrans, rocks large and small tumbled down the side of a mountain and through a net meant to catch them on the highway. There were “dozens of areas of concern” as Caltrans assessed the damage on Sunday, and geotechnicians will return to inspect Monday, Caltrans said in a release.

The landslides ranged from small rocks on the roadway to the most serious incident near Cow Cliffs where a large rock ‘breached the safety perimeter’.

“The rock fall is not of a significant size due to the closure to maintain safety and variable conditions,” Caltrans tweeted Saturday.

The slide came as rain battered the Bay Area on Saturday. The National Weather Service said the rain was heaviest along Highway 1 near Big Sur, where it exceeded 5 inches in higher areas. Rockslide closes 40-mile stretch of Highway 1 near Big Sur

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