One day after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency
in seven California counties, another roadway in the northern part of the state
was closed indefinitely because of heavy rains.
On Tuesday, April 11, a section of U.S. Highway 1, also known as Pacific Coast Highway, was closed south of Big Sur near Lucia. According to The Associated Press, mudslides and
falling rocks caused by torrential downpours have closed the road indefinitely.
The closure is near another closure that happened last week on Highway
1 near Devil’s Slide, located between Pacifica and Montara. Inspectors believe
rain, which has fallen steadily for more than a month in the region, created
mudslides beneath the highway, which probably caused a sinkhole, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Caltrans officials did not specify when either of the roadways would be
repaired, but advised motorists traveling through the area to find an alternate
On Sunday, April 2, the adverse weather closed U.S. Highway 152 between
Mount Madonna and Carlton Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains after a small
sinkhole developed into a large, washed-out section of roadway, according to The AP.
Officials with the California Department of Transportation are advising
motorists to use nearby Highway 129 until the roadway can be repaired.