This week during a winter storm that brought heavy rain and snow, a large portion of California’s Highway 1 was washed out into the ocean.
On Friday, the California Department of Transportation stated that debris flow from the hillside “overwhelmed drainage infrastructure, flowed across the highway, and eroded the road resulting in the complete loss of a segment of Highway 1” at Rat Creek, about 15 miles south of Big Sur, a mountainous stretch of the state’s central coast.
An official from CA Highway Patrol stated that he was in the area on Thursday around 4pm when he noticed that a section of the southbound lane roadway had “fallen into the ocean.”
Crews came across the debris flow on Thursday and immediately issued emergency contract to Papich Construction to help with repairing the roadway.
It it unclear on how long it will take the damage assessment team to repair the road, but they plan to work through the weekend. While construction is underway, the road will remained closed for the publics safety.
The location of the road collapse is about a mile south of the burn scare left from the Dolan Fire, which set blaze in August.