California Highway Falls Into Pacific
Engineers are trying to figure out when they’ll be able to reopen a stretch of California coastal highway that collapsed into the ocean, blocking traffic to the scenic Big Sur region. A 40-foot section of Highway 1 crumbled just after 5 p.m. Wednesday following several days of rainy weather. The entire southbound lane is gone, and
the soil under the northbound lane also was giving way. No one was injured in the slide, the California Highway Patrol said. Authorities have closed the two-lane road to traffic indefinitely. The collapse occurred south of Carmel near Rocky Creek Bridge, one of the iconic arch bridges that make the stretch of roadway, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the country’s best known scenic drives. The closure comes as spring tourist season is about to get under way.