Northern California’s Highway 1, known for its stunning views, is set to reopen for spring after a portion collapsed in a landslide on January 28, 2021.
Highway 1 is one of the most popular road trip routes in the US as well as the one with the most spectacular views of the coastline. The damaged portion of road is located in Monterey County, a stretch that winds along rugged cliffs with unobstructed ocean views. The reconstruction of the road was expected to be finished later on, but according to California’s State Transportation Agency (Caltrans), due to good weather conditions, the new estimated date of completion is April 30.
“Reopening Highway 1 at Rat Creek just three months after a washout of this magnitude is great news for residents, recreationalists, business owners, and those who move goods through this region. Caltrans has been focused on the emergency work needed to increase the resiliency of this highway section to extreme weather, and the fixes made will allow for safe travel,” said Toks Omishakin, Caltrans director, in a press release.
The news is welcome as more California residents receive their COVID-19 vaccines and are able to plan future travel. Highway 1 will once again allow travelers to take in that iconic sweeping ocean view — perfect timing for those who want to make the trip this summer.