Portion of California’s Highway 1 washed away in major storm

Big Sur road collapse A huge piece of California's Highway 1 was washed out

Top News Massive Sur street collapse An enormous piece of California’s Freeway 1 was washed out By amit

A stretch of Highway 1 near Big Sur in California that collapsed this week because of a winter storm will need millions of dollars in repairs. The washout occurred near Rat Creek about 15 miles south of Big Sur, according to Caltrans, which added that Highway 1 is open from Carmel to the town of Big Sur.

The intense rainstorms created a debris flow that overwhelmed water drains, flowed across Highway 1 and eroded it, washing away a 150-foot (46-meter) chunk of roadway, the state Department of Transportation said.

Caltrans maintenance crews came upon the section of collapsed highway around 4:00 p.m. Thursday and issued an emergency contract with Papich Construction, Shivers told the Times.

The agency initially closed 44 miles (71 kilometers) of the road to allow people to evacuate but said the closures would be reduced to about 23 miles (37 kilometers) Monday evening.

The view of Highway 1 on Friday after a chunk of the roadway collapsed into the Pacific Ocean

Images and drone footage from the scene show a huge gap in the scenic highway, which runs along much of the California coast.

In addition to the major damage, authorities said about 60 points along the highway suffered damage. In a statement to NBC, they said, "If you are coming from the south you can not travel to northern California".

Caltrans says crews and a contractor are assessing the damage Friday. He called on people to "avoid this area" of Monterrey and San Luis Obispo counties.

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