Last week’s heavy rains caused 12 to 15 mud, rock and debris slides along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH or Hwy 1), shutting down a section of the heavily used highway between Yerba Buena Road and Las Posas Road.
The mud came from the May 2013 Springs Fire burn area. The highway is expected to remain closed for three to four weeks. No motorists or cyclists will be permitted access.
More slides are expected from additional storms along the coast. A contractor has been hired to remove the mud and debris piles which, in some locations, are up to six feet high.
Crews will reposition K-rails that were moved by flowing mud and repair damaged shoulders and rip rap, a foundation made of loose stone.
The California Highway Patrol will have officers on duty. The public is urged to Be Work Zone Alert.