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Part of Highway 1 closed indefinitely after massive landslide

Large landslide closes Highway 1 until further notice.
Photo credit:
Monterey County Sheriff’s Office

One of the most travelled and picturesque highways in the world will not be accessible in Big Sur after a massive landslide covered the road last Saturday.

Cal Trans workers had been working to clear previous slides in the area, but had to abandoned their work after they noticed the earth was still shifting

A recently released video from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office gives scale to the degree of damage caused by the slide.

A Facebook post from a sheriff’s official said on Monday, “The slide went from bad to worse over the weekend and the video will give you a glimpse at the undertaking needed to open the road again.

It adds: "There are several trucks parked on the highway south of the slide for reference.”

The area of Mud Creek was heavily saturated with rain,  and gave way, covering about a third of a mile of highway with 40-feet of earth.

The affected area is about nine miles south of Monterey County.

“We’ve never seen anything like that,” said California Department of Transportation spokesman Colin Jones to the Associated Press.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune officials have no way of knowing how long it will be before it is safe enough to clear the debris from the road.

In 1983, the roadway was closed for over a year after a similar landslide.

You can watch aerial video of the affected area HERE