This website is dedicated to the Big Sur Highway 1 Sustainable Transportation Demand Management Plan. Here you’ll find everything from information on the project, presentations, and opportunities to provide input.


About the Project



Traversing north to south for about 100 miles, Highway 1 through Big Sur extends from Carmel-by-the-Sea south to the junction of Highway 1 and State Route 46. It provides access to residences, businesses, and public facilities as well as being a key transportation corridor between communities and activity centers to the north and south. Visitor demand along the Big Sur Highway exemplifies the popularity of access to recreation areas and the desire for scenic recreational touring. Private automobile use along the highway is increasingly unsustainable—reducing the quality of the visitor experience, creating operational concerns, and degrading the natural, human, and historical attributes of the highway.

Caltrans is working with a stakeholder Advisory Committee, stakeholder groups from different regions along the corridor, and interested residents to develop a Sustainable Transportation Demand Management Plan. The Plan will provide a collaborative and comprehensive framework to address the increasing visitor demand along the Big Sur Coast in an efficient and environmentally-sustainable way.

The plan builds upon the 2004 Big Sur Coast Highway Management Plan and the Big Sur Land Use Plan to develop a set of goals and strategies to address visitor demands along the highway. Collaboration among stakeholders to address shared issues is a key principle of the Plan. The plan will encompass the many goals from a wide range of stakeholders, while also planning for future changes in transportation patterns and trends. The plan will address issues associated with the Highway 1 corridor, including limited off-highway parking, visitors walking along the highway, increased travel times, identifying potential electric vehicle charging stations, and other operational concerns. Also addressed be will the physical and environmental constraints which limit the ability and appropriateness of expanding the footprint of roads, parking areas, and other transportation infrastructure.

Project Goals

Goals will be developed during stakeholder and focus group meetings, and will be posted here afterward.




Get Involved


Take a minute to help us envision the future of Highway 1 in Big Sur.

Attend A Public Workshop or Take A Survey. Public meeting dates and locations are to be determined. If you are unable to attend a public workshop, a link to an online survey will be posted here.


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The management plan process is anticipated to be completed in November 2019. As project summaries and other documents are developed, they will be posted and made available for the public on this page.