The reopening of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur will be delayed by a few weeks, after original estimates put the project at six months.
The bridge, which is located just south of Big Sur Station on Highway 1, was damaged beyond repair after heavy storms in February caused a landslide that cracked a support column.
According Caltrans spokesperson Susana Cruz, the bridge work is taking longer than anticipated.
“We were very optimistic originally,” she says. “We want to open fully open the new bridge instead of partial access, which would then delay the complete project by only having one lane open.”
The delay is only a few weeks, pushing the anticipated opening from September into October. Cruz says that sliding the steel girders—which will support new bridge—into place is a slow, methodical process. It involves a series of pulleys and cables, and crews are placing 18-inch sections of the girders at a time.