Paul’s Slide aerial photos taken 9/11/23

Date:Tuesday, September 12, 2023
District:05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact:Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237




MONTEREY/SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – After a brief reassessment in early August, crews have continued to engage in ongoing repairs to Highway 1 at Paul’s Slide. Highway 1 remains closed to vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic for two miles, between Limekiln State Park to the south and the town of Lucia to the north. 

There have been two overriding safety priorities while working to fully reopen the highway. The first has been the safety of the crews who make these repairs while working at a site that is steep and where slide activity continues (and will continue) to take place.

The second goal has been to design a repair that will create a safe roadway for the travelling public.

With those safety priorities in mind, engineering teams have developed a repair design which will bring the roadway slightly inland as it passes in front of the Paul’s Slide complex. This design also allows for an enlarged catchment area between concrete barriers and fencing placed along the northbound lane and the toe of the slide. This will enhance safety for the travelling public as well as for construction and maintenance crews.

Crews are working seven days a week during all daylight hours. Because of uncertainty regarding continued slide activity at the repair site as well as weather conditions over the coming months, there is no current estimated time for a full reopening of Highway 1 at Paul’s Slide.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.

Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

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Views of the south end of Paul’s Slide with fill being added to support the new roadbed.

Kevin Drabinski

Public Information Officer