Highway 1 in SLO County reopens after one road closes with landslide

Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo County will reopen Friday at 5 p.m., subject to 24-hour traffic control, according to a press release from the California Department of Transportation.

The causeway – which reopens between Ragged Point and Elephant Seal Vista Point – has been closed since Sunday due to a landslide.

“The reopening (on New Years Eve) of Highway 1 under 24-hour traffic control was made possible by progress made in clearing a mass of rock and debris mined above the pavement, ”Caltrans said.

The workers chipped the rock and rappelled down the hill to dislodge the rocks and debris, followed by blasting the rock mass, resulting in “the removal of most of the mined rock mass.” , Caltrans said.

Engineers are still assessing the water seeping into areas around the reduced rock mass and “the landslide area will be under continuous surveillance by crews” with work continuing in the area in the weeks to come.

Traffic control will include 24 hour surveillance with one lane open for both passing cars and “in-area signals” which are located south of Ragged Point at a location known as the Polar Star. (Post Mile 71.8), Caltrans said.

Travelers can expect delays and can get updates by contacting Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or by visiting the District 5 website at dot.ca.gov / caltrans-near-me / district-5.

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Workers dislodged debris and rocks, followed by blasting of the rock mass on Highway 1 about two miles south of Ragged Point. The causeway was closed on December 26, but reopens at 5 p.m. with traffic control on Friday, December 31, 2021. Caltrans

This story was originally published December 31, 2021 4:00 p.m.

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Nick Wilson covers the city of San Luis Obispo and has been a reporter for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo since 2004. He also writes regularly on K-12 education, Cal Poly, Morro Bay and Los Osos. He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley and is originally from Ojai.

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