NOTE: THE DATES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20-21ST~~
Today’s Date:Wednesday, January 7, 2009
District: 5 (Santa Barbara, SLO, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties)
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (español) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HELICOPTER OPERATION FOR ROCKFALL DRAPERY PROJECT ON HWY 1 IN BIG SUR–NEXT WEEK FOR ONE TO TWO DAYS ONLY
BIG SUR—The helicopter operation of the emergency contract to construct a rockfall drapery system to prevent landslides at various locations on both directions of Hwy. 1 just north of Torre Canyon Bridge begins next week, Caltrans officials have announced.
Work is scheduled for two days from Monday, Jan. 12, to Tuesday, Jan. 13 but may be completed early due to factors such as weather, winds and visibility. Work hours are from 9 am to 4 pm both days. Up to 45-minute delays can be anticipated for this operation.
This work is part of the on-going emergency rockfall protection project resulting from the Basin Complex Fire. The rockfall drapery system will be used to prevent rockfall on this steep and denuded slope. Vegetation on the slope was lost as a result of the Basin Complex fire. The slope is now extremely prone to landslides.
The contractor for this emergency project is AIS Construction Company of Ventura.
Caltrans reminds motorists that ‘we’re here to get you there’.
For traffic updates on other state highway projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/maint/road/upmon.htm