Caltrans Removes Damaged Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, Plans To Quickly Re-Build

Monterey, CA…The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on State Route 1 was closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic February 15, 2017, after heavy rains caused a landslide under the structure damaging one of its main support columns. The bridge, which was built in 1968, was demolished over the span of a week. Engineers used a 6,000 ton wrecking ball and other equipment to strike precise points on the bridge to force it to break apart.

In this Caltrans News Flash, we interview a bridge construction engineer and structure representative about plans to expedite the rebuilding of the expanse between the Big Sur community and the Monterey/Carmel area to the north.

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