Cracks in a support column under the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur continue to grow, causing an indefinite closure of the road.
At 5pm on Wednesday, car and pedestrian traffic were stopped completely. Caltrans crews plan to reassess the bridge’s stability on Feb. 21, but there is no guarantee the bridge will open again on that date.
“It’s a situation that is still evolving,” says Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers. “It’s too soon to know if the bridge will need to be replaced.”
Rain started to fall again in Monterey County late Wednesday night, which caused a closure of the bridge to through traffic.
“We simply need to see what happens next,” Shivers says.
Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is also currently closed, leaving many Big Sur residents without any paved to access the Monterey Peninsula or the Salinas Valley.