California's Scenic Pacific Coast Highway Under Siege
Historic Route 1 in California—better known as the Pacific Coast Highway—extends almost the entire length of the state's coastline, or some 655 miles. Designated as an All-American Road, the first section, near Big Sur in the northern part of the state, was constructed in the 1930s. Dramatic coastal scenery is offered by driving this route as it traverses by or near such storied California landmarks as Malibu, Montecito, San Luis Obispo, San Simeon, Monterey, and over the Golden Gate Bridge to northern California counties of Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocito, including the spectacular coastline of Big Sur. While the coastal highway has long been threatened by landslides, one of the largest in history happened recently near Big Sur.
By Janie Hare, Associated Press
May 23, 2017