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.
— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) May 22, 2017
No words needed but here's a few: million tons of rock/dirt, about 1/3 mile of roadway covered 35-40 feet deep. Mother Nature hard at work. https://t.co/p4CNA1aogV
— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) May 23, 2017