Latest: Convoys begin for those stuck behind Highway 1 closures in Big Sur

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A slip-out of the cliffside underneath Highway 1 in Big Sur has forced the closure of the roadway, trapping tourists and people who live in the area. Convoys on Sunday allowed most to escape. An estimated 2,000 tourists and locals were trapped for the night, according to the county. The slip-out occurred on Saturday morning, in just half a mile north of Bixby Bride, and Caltrans was forced to close the highway at Palo Colorado, 13 miles south of Carmel-by-the Sea. ConvoysOn Sunday, two convoys worked their way over the damaged highway. The first one, at noon, allowed people to travel north out of the closed area. This allowed tourists to leave the area and for people who live there to travel and get supplies. On Monday, April 1, and for the next several days, a convoy will lead vehicles through the slip-out area at 8 a.m. and again at 4 p.m., Caltrans announced. Crews will be on-site to observe the roadway as convoys pass alongside the slip-out area. Highway 1 ClosuresThis slip-out is not the first natural disaster that has forced the closure of the Pacific Coast Highway this year. Two separate slides and another slip-out closed the highway further south. Because of the work being done on these locations, the highway is closed at Paul Slide and at Limekiln State Park to Lime Creek. Elected ReactionsThe damage has gained national headlines and political reactions. Gov. Gavin Newsom posted on X saying that his office was working closely with Caltrans, the California Office of Emergency Services and the California Highway Patrol to address the damage. “Thank you to the crews working around the clock to repair the roadway and keep Californians safe,” wrote Newsom in a statement. Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), made the trip to Big Sur to see the damage firsthand. “Will continue to show up and coordinate with our government partners at all levels and work to ensure that the federal government plays its part to support Caltrans’ expeditious repair of the road,” wrote the congressman on X.

A slip-out of the cliffside underneath Highway 1 in Big Sur has forced the closure of the roadway, trapping tourists and people who live in the area. Convoys on Sunday allowed most to escape.

An estimated 2,000 tourists and locals were trapped for the night, according to the county.

The slip-out occurred on Saturday morning, in just half a mile north of Bixby Bride, and Caltrans was forced to close the highway at Palo Colorado, 13 miles south of Carmel-by-the Sea.

Convoys

On Sunday, two convoys worked their way over the damaged highway. The first one, at noon, allowed people to travel north out of the closed area. This allowed tourists to leave the area and for people who live there to travel and get supplies.

On Monday, April 1, and for the next several days, a convoy will lead vehicles through the slip-out area at 8 a.m. and again at 4 p.m., Caltrans announced.

Crews will be on-site to observe the roadway as convoys pass alongside the slip-out area.

Highway 1 Closures

This slip-out is not the first natural disaster that has forced the closure of the Pacific Coast Highway this year.

Two separate slides and another slip-out closed the highway further south. Because of the work being done on these locations, the highway is closed at Paul Slide and at Limekiln State Park to Lime Creek.

Elected Reactions

The damage has gained national headlines and political reactions.

Gov. Gavin Newsom posted on X saying that his office was working closely with Caltrans, the California Office of Emergency Services and the California Highway Patrol to address the damage.

“Thank you to the crews working around the clock to repair the roadway and keep Californians safe,” wrote Newsom in a statement.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), made the trip to Big Sur to see the damage firsthand.

“Will continue to show up and coordinate with our government partners at all levels and work to ensure that the federal government plays its part to support Caltrans’ expeditious repair of the road,” wrote the congressman on X.

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