BIG SUR (CBS/AP) — 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.READ MORE: Victims Of EDD Bank Of America Debit Card Fraud Could Be Taxed On Benefits They Never Received
Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty says such projects normally take several years to complete.READ MORE: 5 Charged In SF Corruption Probe, Temporarily Barred From Receiving City Contracts
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.MORE NEWS: COVID: SF Restaurants Use High-Tech Tools To Make Indoor Dining Safe
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