(California) Highway 1 is now open and ready for those seeking a scenic road trip. Following the massive winter storms in 2016 and another in May of 2017, Highway 1 was closed at Ragged Point due to landslides and was predicted to open in September of this year. This closure affected those traveling to the iconic Big Sur, linking Carmel and Cambria, with CalTrans spending $54 million on its reconstruction.
However, the 80 year-old Highway 1 is officially open and allows summer travelers to explore the beautiful coastline of California.
This area of Highway 1 has a history spanning back to 1919, where the highway was originally estimated to cost $1.5 million but ended up costing $10 million, when it was completed 20 years later. Inmates from San Quentin had been paid 35 cents per day to help build the road, with some having a reduction in their sentences for their participation.
There are 33 beautiful bridges along Highway 1, which runs through more than 10 counties and is the longest state route in California, spanning more than 600 miles.
During your cruise along this route, you can visit the Elephant Seals, Hearst Castle, Ragged Point Inn, and various hiking trails, including the iconic and stunning Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park.
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