Big Sur

Krista Almanzan

The Henry Miller Library is an iconic Big Sur destination.  But a bridge failure and landslides left it stranded without tourists to support it.

So the Library moved north and set up temporary shop in Carmel. Now it’s Executive Director is finding reason to make that temporary location permanent.

Krista Almanzan

Joe Erwin and I stand on land that didn’t exist before the Mud Creek Slide.  The ocean is at our backs.  In front of us, a semi-truck hauling enormous boulders makes its way down an access road carved into this new hillside.

“You know when you first see it you are overwhelmed by how big it is.  And you think what can we possible do,” says Joe Erwin, Project Manager with CalTrans.

courtesy John Madonna

The plan to clear a massive landslide that fell on Highway 1 in Big Sur earlier this year is to not clear it.  Instead CalTrans will build a road on top of it.

Erika Mahoney

Areas of Big Sur that have been nearly impossible to access are opening up. Adding to the growing list of businesses and State Parks, you can now visit the Esalen Institute.  It reopened Friday after the longest closure in its history.   

Krista Almanzan

A shuttle service launches in Big Sur Saturday, July 1st.  It will give visitors a way to access businesses on the south side of the downed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, an area locals call “the island”.

Rush hour in Big Sur, Calif., has taken on a whole new meaning.

Most mornings and afternoons, a newly built footpath that plunges through a grove of towering redwoods is clogged with workers and schoolchildren.

That hiking trail is a lifeline. It circumnavigates a bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway that has been closed since February, after it collapsed from rain and mudslides. Without that path, much of the village of Big Sur would be cut off from the outside world.

Greta Mart / KCBX

It may take a year to clear the Mud Creek slide in Big Sur.  It's being called the biggest landslide to hit the Central Coast in recent memory.

Krista Almanzan

At the Big Sur River Inn, outdoor umbrellas and dining tables sit on the decks waiting for visitors.  It’s spring break, a time of year when the restaurant would normally be busy and the rooms here booked.  But both are virtually empty.

Krista Almanzan

Update: On Tuesday, March 28th State Parks opened the bypass trail to local residents, school children and people who work south of the downed bridge.  Trail users must get a pass from State Parks and sign a waiver.  The trail opens a half hour before sunrise and closes a half hour after sunset.

CalTrans

The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur is still standing after efforts to tear it down Monday didn’t work.  A crane wielded a 6000 pound wrecking ball onto the bridge, but it didn’t hit with the desired strength says CalTrans Spokesman Jim Shivers.

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