Alder Creek Update, 5/24/11

Cal-Trans sent out this notice yesterday:

Today’s Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 11 am
District: 5 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San
Benito Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
***TRAFFIC ADVISORY #42***
HIGHWAY 1 CARMEL TO CAMBRIA ROADWAY UPDATE

HIGHWAY 1 REMAINS CLOSED AT ALDER CREEK JUST NORTH OF THE MONTEREY/SLO COUNTY LINE THROUGH MID-JUNE

MONTEREY COUNTY:
Geologic instability and debris falling on Highway 1 at Alder Creek (Post Mile 7.5), 40 miles south of Big Sur, have closed the roadway completely in both directions to all public, including motorized vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists since April 14. THIS SECTION OF HWY. 1 REMAINS EXTREMELY UNSTABLE SO THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION IS PROCEEDING AT A SLOW BUT STEADY PACE 400-500 FEET ABOVE THE ROADWAY. Heavier equipment was brought to the slide over the weekend to accelerate roadwork on removing slide debris. This type of work is very difficult and challenging and safety is always our top priority. The estimated opening date is tentatively scheduled for mid-June.

All Big Sur and coastal businesses remain OPEN to the public. Motorists traveling to Big Sur from the SOUTH can take Hwy. 101 to the Monterey area, proceed west on Hwy. 68 then south on Hwy. 1 to reach Big Sur.
Another update will be provided as conditions warrant.

Alder Creek #1 by Cal-Trans

Alder Creek #2 by Cal-Trans

First, I was out of town, then, I spent two days with Verizon over my internet service, then yesterday, the cell tower was down, and today service is intermittent. One never realizes how reliant one is on the internet and the cell phone, until it is missing. Hoping for improvement!

WEATHER: Around 2:30 the first drizzles were here on the South Coast. I woke up, and looked around, and could not believe it was going to rain today, but by mid-afternoon, it had clouded up, and now, at 4 pm, it is a nice steady rain. What is this?? I do remember that it rained on graduation at Pacific Valley, one year. Can’t remember which year that was, though. This isn’t going to help with the Alder Creek clean-up.