BIG SUR (CBS SF) – Caltrans says the storm damage to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge near Big Sur is beyond repair and could shut down that section of Highway 1 indefinitely.
Highway 1 has been periodically closed in both directions at the bridge since earlier in February when fractures were noticed in both the support pillars and the span due slumping from a nearby hillside, officials said. The bridge was closed completely to vehicle traffic on Feb. 15.READ MORE: COVID Surge: Mask Mandate Returns To Bay Area Businesses With No Limits On Capacity
Further assessment on Wednesday indicated that the bridge will need to be removed and replaced.
According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, Caltrans did not know the time frame for the current span to get demolished and a new bridge to be built.
The National Weather Service posted images on Wednesday morning that showed the extent of the damage.READ MORE: Firefighters Battling 2-3 Acre Wildfire In Lake County
While parts of Big Sur were cut off to most on the Central Coast due to the closure, some more well-heeled visitors were paying to make their escape.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Shooting Shuts Down EB Highway 4 In Antioch
According to reports, those with cash to spare can hop on a helicopter to the Monterey Regional Airport. The price per helicopter ride was steep at $780, but the three seats in the chopper mean a shared ride can bring the price tag down a bit.