According to the Tribune, Hearst Castle will be closed for another nine months.
The Tribune’s Cambria bureau chief spoke late last week with parks district superintendent Dan Falat. He says it will take at least nine months to repair damage to a section of the road near the hilltop because of damage to all 27 culverts. The analysis to ascertain the damage cost $32,000. The state can’t run passenger buses up to the state historical monument until those culverts are fixed.
Falat hopes to award the contract in early July.
North coast businesses are not happy about the news of the delay. After all, it took Caltrans fewer than three months to repair serious damage to highway one.
The road from highway one to the hilltop was designed by architect and civil engineer Julia Morgan over 100 years ago. It was paved in the early 60’s.
Hearst Castle may not open until early 2022.