Landslide closes 12-mile stretch of Highway 1

Photo by Amy Graff

A rockslide closed a section of California Route 1 near Gorda.


A 12-mile stretch of California Route 1, the famous scenic highway that winds along the state’s coast, was closed Wednesday morning after a rockslide covered the roadway with boulders and debris.

The freeway was closed to traffic in both directions from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County to Fullers Point in Monterey County near Gorda, Caltrans said. Travel between Carmel and Gorda remained open.

Caltrans estimates the freeway will be closed for a week based on a preliminary investigation. The agency clears the roadway and assesses the fill above the area.

Motorists heading north can use Highway 46 West and Highway 101 as detours, and those traveling south can use Highway 68 and Highway 101, Caltrans said.

The rockslide happened after an atmospheric river swept through California Sunday through Monday, dumping large amounts of snow and rain across the state. The storm temporarily closed roads with flooding and mudslides.

In far northern California, mudslides closed Highway 70 between Jarbo Gap and Greenville Wye near the Butte-Plumas county line. Caltrans said several landslides occurred and the largest spilled about 5,000 cubic meters of large material onto the roadway.

Virginia F. Goins