Massive slide covers stretch of iconic California highway

Landslide buries California's scenic highway near Big SurMore

Landslide buries California's scenic highway near Big SurMore

Dirt and stones are blocking the sweeping views of a coastal scenic highway in California. "We haven't been able to go up there and assess. It's still moving", Cruz told AP.

Millions of tons of rock and debris slid and covered 1/3 mile of roadway, according to Caltrans Monday.

A wet winter has brought flooding, rockslides and road closings to the area around Big Sur, whose scenery is a major tourist attraction. SFGate says this latest landslide is part of over $1 billion in highway damage the state has suffered over the past year.

One of the most isolated parts of the continental United States due to its mountainous terrain, Big Sur's central tether to the rest of civilization is Highway 1, constructed in the 1930s.

Cruz said it's the biggest she's seen since joining Caltrans in 2001. Even before Saturday's slide, Caltrans had no specific timetable for reopening the road, which already has been closed at Ragged Point for months since rains caused the first damage early this year.

Officials said there is now no way to tell how long it will be before the slide is stable enough to be removed and Highway 1 can be reopened.

Erosion led highway officials to close a bridge on Route 1 in Pfeiffer Canyon in February, and a March landslide closed a stretch of the road near Lime Kiln State park.

The state already had closed that part of Highway 1 to fix buckled pavement and other, earlier damage from one of California's rainiest winters in decades.

Kurt Mayer, who is an owner of Big Sur Tap House, said that he would not change work spot for somewhere else that may be safer for him and his business.

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