Part of Highway 1 just slid into the ocean:
A portion of Highway 1 near Big Sur, Calif., collapsed this week and fell into the Pacific Ocean after heavy rains caused a “debris flow” of trees, boulders, water and mud, leaving behind a 150-foot-wide gap.
Workers from the California Department of Transportation had been assessing the section of the road near Rat Creek, about 20 miles by highway from Big Sur, on Thursday when they discovered the debris on the road, the department said.
The department entered into an emergency contract that evening with a construction company to repair the road, but on Friday morning, workers discovered that both lanes had fallen into the ocean below.
No one was injured. The stretch of highway that collapsed had been closed since Tuesday evening after heavy rains threatened to set off mudslides and rockslides.
A climate change intensifies, this kind of thing is going to happen more and more, and it won’t always happen with nobody on the roads. And that goes double if our high-veto-point institutions continue to neglect infrastructure funding,