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Iconic Stretch of California's Highway 1 Closed Until 2018

TravelPulse logo TravelPulse 9/14/2017 Mia Taylor

© Travalliancemedia Owned Media (Staff Photo) California’s Highway 1 winds past some of the state’s most stunning scenery including miles of steep cliffs that offer breathtaking views of the mountainous coastline and ocean.

Some of the most beautiful stretches of the road are located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which for years has attracted travelers from around the world who come to drive with the top down soaking in the region’s picturesque beauty.

But unfortunately for visitors, that famous drive will continue to be off-limits until 2018.

Closed in May, after about five million cubic yards of rocks and debris descended on the highway about nine miles north of the San Luis/Monterey County line, the state’s highway agency issued a statement Monday saying repairs will take far longer than expected, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The damaged portion of Highway 1 between Los Angeles and San Francisco is now expected to remain closed until mid-summer 2018 and will cost about $40 million to repair.

The landslide reshaped the California coastline, leaving about a quarter-mile under rock and dirt 1,700 feet wide. In total, about 75 acres of land was displaced in the slide.

Caltrans is now working to realign the roadway, a process that will take nearly a full year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“The new highway will run over the landslide — in an area no longer moving — and be protected with embankments, berms, rocks, culverts, netting and other material,” according to another L.A. Times story.

Those who have their hearts set on a visit, however, should not lose hope. Businesses on both sides of the closure remain open. In addition, there is a remote, 35-mile stretch of the highway from about Gorda (at mile marker 10) to south of Pfeiffer Canyon (mile marker 45.5) that remains open. It can be accessed by taking the inland Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.

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