California’s Big Sur Highway Reconstruction Is 2 Months Ahead of Plan

first_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 This Coastal Airstream Road Trip Has Us California Day Dreamin’ Jeremiah DavisRoute 66, Virginia’s Skyline Drive, Montana’s Going to the Sun Road — all icons of American roadtripping. California’s Highway 1 ranks up there with the best of them. But, a massive landslide last year threatened to keep a significant portion of the route closed indefinitely. Now, an official announcement heralds the unexpected reopening two months ahead of schedule.Since late 2016, Highway 1 has fallen victim to numerous landslides. In May 2017, however, an epic slide near Big Sur dumped millions of tons of rocks, soil, and debris along a 12-mile stretch of road. Some sections were buried under 40 feet of earth. It spread so far into the ocean that more than 15 acres of new coastline were created in its wake. It was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime (you might say “biblical”) slide that no one expected. At the time, the California Department of Transportation believed the section between San Francisco and Los Angeles likely wouldn’t reopen until September of this year. Last November, critical parts of the highway, including the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, reopened, allowing limited access for visitors and locals. The latter had previously been forced to hike more than a mile out and back just to get to their homes.However, after marking the closure as a top priority, the department announced last week that it would reopen in July — a full two months earlier than expected. Given the timing at the height of the summer travel and tourist season, the news couldn’t come at a better time. It’s a boon for the hundreds of thousands of outdoor-lovers who travel to the area each year to hike and camp. Although the majority of the highway remained open since the slide, news of the closures also had a dramatic negative impact on local businesses. So, the reopening will return them to some sense of normalcy as well.The Pacific Coast Highway — and the area around Big Sur, in particular — is among the most recognizable drives in the world. The serpentine highways winds along the Pacific Ocean through some of California’s most breathtaking natural scenery. Along with Route 66, it’s arguably the most beloved scenic route in the United States.Planning your own epic road trip? Be sure to download the best road trip-worthy podcasts, audiobooks, and mobile apps before you go!last_img read more

Brazil takes South American Gold

← Previous Story Another voice for “shot-clock”, Dragan Djukic: Handball has to go to the next step! Next Story → ZRK Vardar and FC Midtjylland qualify for EHF F4 in Budapest! World champions conquered the only title that was not in their hands in America after yesterday’s victory over Uruguay for 39-13, on the last match of the South American Games. Morten Soubak’s girls reacted after Thursday’s alarming draw against Argentina and made sure the goal difference was unreachable for the neighbors, who finished second with the same points.Brazil played in a convincing way again and finished the first half 18-9. The Danish coach chose to use most of the girls that took gold in Serbia and also gave some minutes to the ones that are new to the squad. “We had highs and lows during the competition and that was good to find out that we’re the team to beat. Even if we don’t have any other official commitments for the rest of the year, everyone will study us and beat us in any friendly that we play. We’ll have to get used to thiis”, reflected Soubak to the CBHb’s website.“Next year will be full of challenges and very important ones”, added the coach, whose team will have the Pan American tournament, the Pan American Games in Toronto and the World Championship in Denmark in December. Right wing and 2012 player of the year Alexandra Nascimento highlighted the group union “until the end” and anticipated: “We’ll have to continue evolving. All national teams, from Europe and from here, are renewing and evolving and we’ll have to do the same”.On the last game of the day Argentina defeated Chile 17-21 and secured the silver medal and a place in Toronto 2015, the previous step to Rio 2016, one of the wildest obsessions for Peruchena’s girls. The match was even and the Chileans finished the first half leading 10-9. However, the ‘albicelestes’ were able to overcome the difference and won the second half 7-12. Chile, who got the bronze medal, is also qualified for the Pan American Games, while Uruguay (finished 4th) will play a repechage against United States and the fourth qualified of the Central American and Caribbean Games, which will be held in November of this year in Veracruz, Mexico.TEXT: LAURA AGENAPhoto Credits: CBHb website. brazilsouth america read more