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New bridge opens on Califfornia’s Big Sur coast to replace damaged span

New bridge opens on Califfornia’s Big Sur coast to replace damaged span

Monday, October 16, 2017

BIG SUR, Calif. — California transportation officials have opened a $24 million bridge on State Route 1 that replaces one damaged when winter storms pounded the Big Sur coast and cut the scenic coastal highway in several places.

The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge opened Friday afternoon following a celebration of the project’s completion just eight months after the old concrete bridge was hit by a landslide.

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty says such projects normally take several years to complete.

The new structure has 15 steel girders, each weighing 62 tons, that span the 310-foot canyon. It has no support columns, eliminating vulnerability from future slides.

Caltrans says another slide 24 miles south of Pfeiffer Canyon remains active and construction of a new roadway is underway at a slide near the San Luis Obispo-Monterey county line.

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