Big Sur, California, United States

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Every year since 2001, about 700 truckloads of fallen rock have been transported from the Pitkins Curve/Rain Rocks area just north of Limekiln State Park (at a cost of about $1,000,000 a year).

At Pitkins Curve, landsliding below the road has caused collapse of the southbound lane of Highway 1 on more than one occasion. Rain Rocks experiences more rockfall from above. Both of these areas have been responsible for numerous closings of Highway 1 for months at a time.

The combined solution to these problems is the new bridge at Pitkins Curve which leads (when traveling south) directly into the Rain Rocks Rock Shed, a rock tunnel that's lets boulders fall as much as they please without cluttering up the road.

Big Sur Kate has more background info and photos on her blog.

Expect short delays while construction continues.

Like A Bridge Under Troubled Boulders