BIG SUR (AP) — California officials say they’ll build a road over a massive Central Coast landslide that closed the scenic coastal highway leading to Big Sur.

The Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that spanning the Mud Creek site will be a faster and cheaper way of reopening Highway 1, compared to boring a tunnel or sidestepping the slide area.

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A quarter-mile of Highway 1 was buried in May when more than 1 million tons of rock and earth slipped down a slope saturated by winter storms.

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Caltrans says the replacement road will be realigned across the slide and buttressed with embankments, berms, rocks and other supports.

Caltrans has said it may take a year to reopen the route. A timetable and cost estimate will be announced later this month.

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