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California's Highway 1 near Big Sur reopens

California's Highway 1 near Big Sur reopens (Courtesy Cal Trans District 5)

California's iconic Highway 1 near Big Sur has reopened 14 months after it was blocked by a massive landslide.

The California Department of Transportation announced the Wednesday reopening but warned there may be one-way traffic at times because of ongoing construction.

It says it will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at the nearby Ragged Point Inn.

The department posted a photogram on Twitter showing the newly built, two-lane road and saying the road is "open for business."


A quarter-mile of Highway 1 at a spot called Mud Creek was buried in May 2017 when more than 1 million tons of rock and earth slipped down a slope saturated by winter storms.

The debris slid well out into the ocean, creating 15 acres (6 hectares) of new coastline about 9 miles (14.5 kilometers).


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