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If you’ve been on the north San Luis Obispo County coast in the past few weeks, you may have noticed some new fauna off the side of the road: goats. A state agency has been using goats to remove non-native plants from a former stretch of highway, and if all goes well, they could become a regular sight on Central Coast roadways.

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Work will resume this week on closing the El Campo Road and three other median crossings on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County. The project will permanently block four openings connecting the northbound and southbound lanes; motorists will no longer be able to make left-hand turns on to and off the highway via those medians.

Greta Mart/KCBX

This week San Luis Obispo County officials voted to ask the state transportation agency to close middle sections of Highway 101 south of Arroyo Grande to prevent further collisions and deaths.

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UPDATE TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2018 10 A.M. Caltrans announced Tuesday morning it plans to close two sections of Highway 1 around Paul's Slide and Mud Creek. The closures go into effect at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Here's part of the advisory from Caltrans, alerting the public "to be prepared for closure of the roadway tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28 mid-morning due to a significant storm. A final notice will be sent when the roadway closes. Caltrans will have our Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units on call and prepared to inspect/clean up during daylight hours when the storm ends and it is safe to be onsite again. The gates on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will be key locked. These gates will not be manned when the highway is closed. No one, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees, will be allowed access until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed."

As the state's transportation agency warned earlier this month, a temporary closure of Highway 1 between Ragged Point and Big Sur is possible this week. The National Weather Service says a coming storm could be severe enough to warrant closures at two high-risk sections: Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide.

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An overturned tanker truck is blocking both lanes of southbound Highway 101 between Los Osos Valley Road and Higuera Street, and the highway is closed. Traffic is at a standstill and backed up to the Madonna Road exit.  Drivers can expect major delays and Caltrans recommends taking other routes. Northbound lanes of Highway 101 through the southern San Luis Obispo area remain open. 

Greta Mart/KCBX

The Central Coast stretch of California’s famous Highway One is once again an open road. KCBX’s Greta Mart was among the first drivers on Wednesday to cruise a brand new section of Highway One; it was built on top of the 2017 landslide that sent a mountain side crashing into the sea.

Highway 1 at Mud Creek to reopen late July

Jun 14, 2018
John Madonna

Highway 1 at Mud Creek will open sooner than expected. The road just south of Gorda was wiped out by a massive landslide in May of 2017.

CalTrans moved up the date to reopen this section of Highway 1 from mid-September to late July.

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San Luis Obispo County roadways are getting a big chunk of money for improvements, more than a quarter of a billion dollars' worth.

Crews near final phase of Big Sur bridge rebuild

Sep 20, 2017
Erika Mahoney/KAZU

The downed bridge that split Big Sur in two is getting closer to completion. It’s been seven months since winter storms damaged it beyond repair and left part of the community stranded. 

Krista Almanzan

The landslide at Mud Creek – about 25 miles north of Hearst Castle – is the largest ever on the Central Coast. It buried and broke apart a section of California's famed State Route One. To fix it, CalTrans has decided to build a road over the massive slide.

CalTrans to rebuild Highway 1 on top of massive Mud Creek slide

Aug 2, 2017
Courtesy of John Madonna

The plan to clear a massive landslide that destroyed a stretch of Highway 1 north of Ragged Point earlier this year is to not clear it. Instead, CalTrans will build a road on top of it. 

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Four different landslides rolled into one buried California's famous coastal highway under millions of tons of earth and rocks last Saturday night at Mud Creek. Located eight miles north of Ragged Point - where Hwy. 1 has been closed to Big Sur-bound traffic for months - the slide brought down enough dirt to extend the current shoreline by 250 feet. State Route 1 now lies under about 35 feet of dirt for a quarter mile. 

California looks to GPS tracking to solve gas tax deficit

Apr 5, 2017
Capital Public Radio

Every time you pump gas in California, a portion of that price-per-gallon goes to building and maintaining roads. But the state’s transportation needs far outweigh the money generated.

Hefty jackhammer takes down Big Sur bridge

Mar 20, 2017
Courtesy of CalTrans

Work continues this week on the demolition of Monterey County’s Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1. On Saturday, a CalTrans crew succeeded at bringing down the whole middle section of the bridge in one spectacular crash.

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CalTrans sent engineers out Wednesday to evaluate how to completely demolish the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, after a wrecking ball failed to break through the bridge Monday. 

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In Monterey County, a Caltrans crew spent Tuesday afternoon evaluating the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, just north of Big Sur Pfeiffer State Park. The bridge was closed last week due to damage from the recent rains. Since then, the saturated, sliding land underneath has moved the bridge seven inches. 

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017: Caltrans says the bridge is beyond repair and will have to be replaced entirely. 

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Caltrans has announced plans to reopen Highway 41 West at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 after a month-long closure due to landslides. 

Caltrans District 5

Traffic on Los Osos Valley Road (LOVR) in San Luis Obispo will shift entirely over to the newly constructed bridge over Highway 101 on Friday morning around 5:30. 

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It will soon take less water to keep the plants green along Highway 101 through the Central Coast.

Caltrans is in the process of installing hardware that will cut potable water demand in half, if not more, for some stretches of the roadway according to District 5 spokesman Jim Shivers.

Part of the plan calls for hooking up to the City of San Luis Obispo's purple pipe system of recycled waste water to the existing network of pipes Caltrans uses to irrigate.

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A long-awaited project for those in North County San Luis Obispo officially wrapped up Wednesday with a ceremony on Highway 46.

The new Estrella River Bridges—just east of Paso Robles—are part of a multi-phase $265 million Caltrans project that is upgrading 15 miles of the roadway.

The stretch is being converted from a two-lane highway to a four-lane expressway between Paso Robles and Shandon.

The new bridges are 1000 feet long and 100 feet high, replacing the original bridge built in the mid 1950s.