A massive landslide in California closed a stretch of highway

A massive landslide in California closed a stretch of highway

Part of the highway in big sur, California, will be closed for several months due to a huge landslide. It happened a few days ago on the section of Pacific Coast Highway between Cambria and Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Representatives of the road Department still can’t say exactly how long it will take to clear the track and the coast, which, incidentally, is one of the most scenic areas of California, reports Reuters.

According to the representative of the California Department of transportation (CalTrans) Colin Jones, landslide has become one of the largest in the region over the past decade. According to preliminary estimates, half a ton of stones and soil crumbled on 36 miles of highway and coastline.

«I think it’s safe to say that it would be several months before this stretch of highway will be opened again. We can’t even assess the damage from the incident and develop a plan to eliminate the consequences,» added Jones.

Most likely, the track will completely reroute around the damaged area. Although the affected area is not the most loaded part of the highway, however, in the summer tourist season, as a rule, passing up to 6 thousand vehicles per day.

«Usually when it rains for several days, you can expect small landslides, which our maintenance crews will be liquidated in a few hours», — told another to submit to CalTrans, Jim Shivers. «But what happened the landslide is beyond the scope of what we usually have to deal with.»

We will remind also that in February, closed a bridge in the Pfeiffer Canyon. In CalTrans saying that it will not open until the end of September 2017.