Updated Highway 1 closure boundaries

Date:Monday, December 5, 2022 at 1:45 pm
District:05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact:Alexa Bertola or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3237




MONTEREY COUNTY – A roughly 2-mile stretch of Highway 1 remains closed from near the Big Creek Vista Point (PM 27.3) at the south end to near Dolan Point (PM 29.2) at the north end in Monterey County.

A more expansive road closure originally went into effect the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 3, following several rockslides and debris on the roadway during a rain event. The road was closed from 2.5 miles south of Big Sur at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn (PM 42.1) to Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County. Maintenance teams worked on cleanup efforts while geotech engineers assessed various locations along the corridor.

The new, shortened closure limits were determined on Monday morning while crews continue to cleanup materials and fix a damaged rock barrier at Cow Cliffs (PM 28).

Message and directional signs are in place to alert travelers of the closure. Travelers will find that the majority of Highway 1 remains open besides this roughly 2-mile stretch. Depending on their destination, travelers can either take US 101 to Hwy 46 to Hwy 1 north thru Ragged Point to the closure at Big Creek Vista Pt. or take US 101 to Hwy. 68 to Hwy 1 south thru Big Sur to the closure at Dolan Point.

A full opening of Highway 1 is anticipated to occur by the end of the day on Thursday, Dec. 8, weather permitting.

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318, or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.

Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov

Traveler information at: https://www.quickmap@dot.ca.gov

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Alexa Bertola

Public Information Officer 

Caltrans – District 5

Cell – 805.556.5820

Office – 805.549.3237