Big Sur Information

•March 4, 2017 • 95 Comments

Header Photo, Dan Danbom. He sent me a number of really great ones to choose from. I’ll feature all of them, eventually! It was hard to choose.

IMPORTANT, READ THIS FIRST!!

THERE IS NO DETOUR ON THE COAST. #HIGHWAY ONE CLOSED FROM SALMON CREEK TO GORDA TO ALL – VISITORS AND LOCALS ALIKE.

#NACIMIENTO ROAD IS EXTREMELY NARROW (ONLY 1 AND 1/2 LANES IN MANY SPOTS), NO GUARD RAILS, NO SERVICES, NO CELL RECEPTION, AND EXTREMELY  DANGEROUS, GIVEN THE HORRIFIC TRAFFIC, MUCH OF WHICH IS DRIVING TOO FAST AND IN THE CENTER OF THE ROAD.

NO CAMPING ALLOWED ON EITHER HIGHWAY ONE OR NACIMIENTO-FERGUSSON. FINE IS $5000 AND/OR 6 MONTHS IN JAIL. LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS BEEN ISSUING TICKETS FOR CAMPING IN BOTH AREAS.

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#MUD CREEK – AS OF 5/4/17 MUD CREEK COMPLETELY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS TO ALL BUT BOATS AND HELICOPTERS. The big slide began on 5/19 and continued all that weekend. NEW EXPECTED OPENING – END OF JULY, 2018 – WITH LANE CLOSURES AND CONTINUED WORK FOR A FEW MONTHS.

#PAUL’S SLIDE – OPEN WITH ONE WAY TRAFFIC SIGNAL

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New page of Interactive Highway Map with Mile Markers and slide names is to the right, under “Pages” first one *Big Sur Interactive Maps… if the following link doesn’t work. *Big Sur Interactive Slide Maps will answer any questions you may have about where something is in relation to something else.

MY DIRECT EMAIL IS: kwnovoa@mac.com

(Size for any header photos you may wish to submit it is 760×151 pixels.)

Summer Solstice & Basin Fire

•June 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

10 years ago today…

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Today is the longest day of the year, and also the anniversary of the Basin Fire of 2008, the event that launched this blog. Today, I hope to reflect back on that time, and post a couple of photographs I took that day, if the Internet Goddess allows. The first two photographs are mine, but scroll down for the stories and photographs of others. I have also provided a link where others shared their stories last year, and more are doing so this year. What an amazing gift we have in each other!

To those of you still rebuilding after losing your homes to this monster fire, you are in our hearts this day. And some of you may be interested in reading the stories some readers told about this day when I asked for stories a year ago, for others it may be still too painful. You can read…

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Highway Closure Update, 6/20/18

•June 20, 2018 • 1 Comment

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Photos of Mud Creek: 1) Installing north drainage pipe. 2) North fill.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Tuesday, June 19

State Route 1 in Monterey County remains closed from north of Salmon Creek, just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek slide. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County near Ragged Point.

REMINDER: Travelers still CANNOT access the entire length of Highway 1 from Carmel to Cambria but local businesses are open on both sides of Mud Creek. This is the last closure point along Big Sur. When it opens by the end of July, Hwy. 1 from Cambria to Carmel will be open to through traffic.

 Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing over 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain. Caltrans will continuously evaluate the opening date as work progresses so we anticipate providing an update in July. It’s expected that even after the highway is re-open, intermittent lane closures and roadwork may continue. The updated current cost is at $54 million.

There is currently no public/local access through the Mud Creek area since this remains an active, emergency construction zone.

This week: installed 42″ drainage pipes and repaired south approach slip out. Next week—Continuing work on North fill. 

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

 

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

Crews will be doing a scaling operation at Paul’s on Friday, June 22 from 7 am to 4 pm with up to ½-hour delays for traffic.  The scaling at Paul’s is part of future roadwork in preparation for next winter

 ADDITIONAL WORK—CALPORTLAND PAVING BETWEEN LUCIA (PM 23) AND JUST SOUTH OF PCB (45.52)

Final items continue taking place. Post Ranch rockery repair was completed last week. No work scheduled for this week. Project is near completion.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

The next update will be on Monday, June 25.

(Well, 10 years in, and I finally learned how to make the color of the type red? Or did wordpress add this function, and I just now noticed?)

Tourist Tuesday6/19/18

•June 19, 2018 • 6 Comments

After being closed for 3 years, Mariposa Grove in Yosemite is finally open. It had to close for 3 years to rehabilitate the area from overuse to protect the giant redwoods. We will be in the same situation, if we don’t develop solutions. We must have a plan or our children will have to develop a plan to “correct the sins of the past.”

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”YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — After being closed to the public for nearly three years, Mariposa Grove, the storied forest of giant sequoia trees at Yosemite National Park first set aside for protection by Abraham Lincoln, [reopened] Friday morning following completion of a $40 million restoration project.”

“But crumbling asphalt pavement, aging pit toilets, traffic jams and a diesel tourist tram tarnished the area. The restoration project, the largest in park history, aims to restore natural serenity and take pressure off the massive trees’ fragile root systems while also improving the flow of water to help the forest thrive in generations to come.”

“It had been compromised,” said Dean, a former Yosemite ranger of the grove. “These trees are super-resilient. But we don’t want them to fail on our watch. This area has continued to be chipped away at with the best of intentions. What we’re doing is correcting for the sins of the past.”

For the rest of the article, go to : https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06/13/yosemite-largest-restoration-project-in-park-history-opens-friday-at-mariposa-grove/

Busted lock on gate & rude tourists

•June 17, 2018 • 27 Comments

Had my lock broken off so a car full of tourist could get in. Description: White Subaru, license 7TNX840. 2 Asian men, 2 Asian females, 20s. I hope this works, as I normally don’t upload videos. Fortunately, my son, Brendon Shave caught them. I called and reported to USFS-PV Station to BOLO and then called MCSO to report them.

Photo Sunday, 6/17/18

•June 17, 2018 • 7 Comments

From the RX Fire on FHL on Wednesday.

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Highway 1: Road Conditions 6/17-23

•June 15, 2018 • 2 Comments

                               ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 17 – JUNE 23

 

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County fromSunday, June 17 through Saturday, June 23newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast
Due to past slides, State Route 1 is now closed at the Ranger Station North Ragged Point Inn and at Mud Creek.

Highway 1 – Carmel: June 18 – June 21 
Caltrans will perform highway pavement maintenance on State Route 1 south of Carmel Highlands for four days beginning Monday, June 18. Motorists can expect one-way reversing traffic control from8 am until 2 pm in the following locations:

There will be electronic message boards alerting the public of these lane closures and traffic control.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be present to ensure a safe environment for everyone.  Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 10 minutes.

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project: June 18 – June 22
The Climbing Lane project will move into Phase 1B this week with both day and overnight work.

Here is what is happening this week:

Work will include paving Highway 1 between Carmel River Bridge and Carmel Valley Road and the south east corner of Rio Road as well as moving cement barriers to change the traffic flow on Rio Road from the north to south side by Thursday morning

Drivers wishing to avoid the intersection may detour to Carmel Valley Road and Carmel Rancho Boulevard. All business and shopping centers remain open during construction.

Sign up to receive text message alerts by texting Climbinglane to 888777.

Highway 68 – Monterey to Laguna Seca: June 18– June 22
Night time road work along Highway 68 between highway 1 and Laguna Seca from will result in lane closures and delays 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Highway 68 – Salinas River: June 18 – June 22
There will be alternating lane closures on eastbound and westbound Highway 68 between Spreckles Blvd and Reservation Road for bridge work. The work will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday.

Highway 101 – Greenfield to Salinas: June 18 – June 22
Daytime vegetation spraying Highway 101 between Espinosa Road in Greenfield and Boronda Road in Salinas from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FOR ALL UPDATES AS THEY ARE RELEASED, GO TO THE TAMC WEBSITE, HERE:

http://www.tamcmonterey.org/cone-zone-report-12/

Board of Supervisor’s Meeting re STRs 6/19/2018

•June 15, 2018 • 1 Comment

The Board meeeting starts at 9 am, but STRs are scheduled for 10:30 am. I did not download anything other than the 2 maps re STRS, but if you go to the county website, here Mo Co Main Page and on the bottom is the link to the Board of Supervisors Meetings.

These two maps may be of interest to some of you. If so, I suggest you download them, so that you can enlarge them.

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