Western California Auto Shipping is Still Troublesome
In May, a huge landslide rocked the western California region of Big Sur, shutting down Highway 1. We covered its impact on western California auto shipping services back in July, and things haven’t really improved since then. The state is looking at potentially building the new stretch of highway above the landslide. But this is something that may not be possible, at least until the land settles.
Regardless, western California auto shipping is still seeing diversions and re-routes, which is posing some difficulties for some customers.
How western California auto shipping services are coping with the loss of Highway 1
We make it sound like there’s customers in mourning or something – that’s not the case. But the closure of Highway 1 is a pretty big deal. While the Big Sur region is largely uninhabited, Highway 1 sees millions of cars traveling up and down it every year. Its closure has disrupted not just the car shipping industry, but a lot of logistics through northern and southern California.
Which routes they’re using are up to the carriers – they know the roads better than anyone, especially this author. But there aren’t a lot to choose from in that area – and that’s the biggest problem for them. Because of the relative scarcity of big highways between Highway 1 and Interstate 5, getting through the area is going to be a challenge.
What those diversions and reroutes mean for your western California auto shipping services
With no clue as to when the highway is going to reopen, carriers are diverting loads to different routes. This eats into their transit time and, perhaps more importantly, their fuel consumption. Not to mention the differences in scheduling between 1 being open and being closed. As a result, auto shipping through the region has been taking slightly longer. Some routes have also seen price increases to deal with the route closure.
As for you, there’s not much you can do if you’re shipping your car through the region. It is what it is. We’ll try to keep you appraised of what’s going on, especially if you move cars frequently through the area. But for now, Highway 1 through the Big Sur region is going to remain closed for the time being.
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