New trail reconnects scenic Big Sur after devastating storms

In this photo taken Thursday, March 30, 2017, two women walk north on the new Pfeiffer Canyon foot trail that is open to residents traveling around the former Pfeiffer Canyon bridge in Big Sur, Calif. A Big Sur access foot trail has reconnected the two parts of the town that were divided after a bridge collapsed recently. Heavy rains this winter damaged the span on iconic Highway 1 beyond repair, splitting the touristy area in two and stranding more than 400 residents on one side. Visitors have been blocked from reaching part of the community known for its luxury spas, posh hotels and scenic retreats. (Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald via AP)
In this photo taken Thursday, March 30, 2017, two women walk north on the new Pfeiffer Canyon foot trail that is open to residents traveling around the former Pfeiffer Canyon bridge in Big Sur, Calif. A Big Sur access foot trail has reconnected the two parts of the town that were divided after a bridge collapsed recently. Heavy rains this winter damaged the span on iconic Highway 1 beyond repair, splitting the touristy area in two and stranding more than 400 residents on one side. Visitors have been blocked from reaching part of the community known for its luxury spas, posh hotels and scenic retreats. (Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald via AP)

 

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A foot trail has reconnected two parts of Big Sur that were divided after a recent bridge collapse.

Heavy rains this winter damaged the span on iconic Highway 1 beyond repair, splitting the touristy area in two and stranding more than 400 residents. Visitors have been blocked from reaching part of the community known for its luxury spas, posh hotels and scenic retreats.

The Monterey County Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2nrlMgH ) that a team of local volunteers worked to complete the trail ahead of schedule, taking about three weeks.

Bicycles and pets aren’t allowed on the trail, which is closed from a half-hour after sunset until a half-hour before sunrise.

Susana Cruz, a spokeswoman for California’s transportation agency, said building a new highway bridge is expected to take six to nine months.

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