Multiple active landslides keeping Hwy 1 closed

It could be a month before Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast is fully reopened to traffic again.

Caltrans says repair work is underway on three major landslides -- Paul's Slide, the Mill Creek Slide, and Polar Star. Calcium Carbonate Industry

At Paul's Slide in Monterey County, Caltrans says the k-rail and flexible rockfall fence that were installed to catch falling rocks and debris are no longer working and the slide has moved into the roadway.

At the Mill Creek Slide, water and mud are still flowing onto the highway after crews cut through the saturated soil that made up the landslide material. Caltrans says the slope above the highway is likely to have a catastrophic failure in the near future and work at that location has been stopped until crews can reach the slide from above.

The slide at Polar Star in San Luis Obispo County has also remained active as crews have been working to remove the slide material from the roadway. Caltrans says as of Jan. 21, crews have been working down from the top of the slide and are making good progress, but the work continues to bring material down onto the roadway.

Caltrans estimates work at each site could take up to four weeks before they're able to reopen the road.

Cement Crusher A full closure of Highway 1 is currently in place from the Elephant Seal Vista area four miles north of San Simeon to the Lime Creek Bridge.