Section of Pacific Coast Highway reopens in Northern California

| 8/4/2006

A section of California Highway 1 – also known as the Pacific Coast Highway – that’s been closed for more than 120 days reopened Thursday, Aug. 3.

Loren Wonder, a spokeswoman for Caltrans District 4, told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that when some of the loose and fractured rock common in that part of California gave way in early April, the ground slipped out from under three portions of the road, forcing the closure.

Wonder said the state is taking measures to both fix the situation temporarily, and to work toward a permanent solution – a tunnel bypassing the area.

“Caltrans has driven long soil nails and anchor bolts … into the hillside to tie that sliding hill back together to keep the road from slipping again for the next five years until we can build that tunnel bypass,” Wonder said.

The re-opened portion of Highway 1 is south of San Francisco and northwest of San Jose, California.