Big Sur landslide covers stretch of Pacific Coast Highway

"The slide went from bad to worse"
Big Sur landslide covers stretch of Pacific Coast Highway
Posted at 2:52 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 17:59:51-04

BIG SUR, Calif. (KGTV) - A massive landslide sent dirt and gravel pouring over a stretch of State route 1 Saturday.

A portion of Sr-1 was closed south of Big Sur State Park at Mud Creek after an existing slide gave way "millions" of tons of rock and dirt, covering a third of a mile of road in 35-40 feet of land.

Video posted by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office Monday shows the extent of damage to the iconic Pacific Coast Highway.

"MCSO airplane Idaho 90 up in the air to put eyes on the recent landslide at Mud Creek in Big Sur. The slide went from bad to worse over the weekend and the video will give you a glimpse at the undertaking needed to open the road again," the sheriff's station posted on Facebook. "There are several trucks parked on the highway south of the slide for reference."

Check out the aerial video posted by the sheriff's station:

Cal Trans officials said Sr-1 will be closed until further notice but travelers can still gain partial access to the coast at Gorda to Limekiln State Park via Naci-Fergusson Rd. All motorists are being advised to use alternative routes.

Cal Trans crews are currently assessing the area to begin cleanup.