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If you’ve ever taken the scenic route between Los Angeles and San Fransisco then Highway 1, better known as Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or “The One,” should sound familiar — it’s one of the most iconic highways for road-tripping in the US. A portion of it has been closed for over a year, but that’s not the case anymore.
A massive 75-acre landslide in May 2017 demolished a quarter mile stretch of Highway 1 between Big Sur and Monterey. The coastal stretch quickly became buried beneath 6 million tons of debris and was forced to be closed off.
$1 billion and 14 months later, the coastal highway is now fully open again.
Some towns have been cut off almost entirely during the closure and have taken major hits economically. Businesses that relied heavily on folks passing through were isolated.
“Highway 1 is the only reason this community exists,” Kirk Gafill, the general manager of the local Nepenthe Restaurant, told the Wall Street Journal. “Absent Highway 1, this would be a wilderness area.”
Although this route makes the trip up and down the coast longer, its sweeping views high above the shimmering Pacific Ocean make up for it.
Featured image by Maria Fuchs / Getty Images.
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