Current and Future Road Conditions, 1/29/12

Sorry, I’m a bit behind on reporting on current road conditions as the internet has not been cooperating. No predictions, this time. The GBS crew is now working on getting the wire “drapery” up, using their crane, and will continue to work on it through the weekend. Still no definitive answer about when the road will be open to traffic.

These are a couple photos Cal-Trans sent out to all news media Thursday and Friday. Together, they provide a good perspective of what Cal-Trans has been up against.

From looking at exactly where this slide happened – the rock shed they are building would not have prevented this closure, as it was south of the rock shed. Cal-Trans may want to consider extending the shed southward, which would require another bid, and another year or more of construction and one-lane passage. Probably not a bad idea, frankly, given the instability of this particular area. We have had to deal with Rain Rocks for decades, and were glad to see the rock-shed proposal move forward, despite the two years of construction.

A visual with field glasses from Plaskett by Rock Knocker reveals that all the material has been removed from the road, the crane has been moved, so maybe it WILL be open for tomorrow. The CHP website confirms this “possibility” with the following:


Photo courtesy Cal-Trans

Photo courtesy of Cal-Trans

2 thoughts on “Current and Future Road Conditions, 1/29/12

  1. i am an occasional visitor to Big Sur and find it so inspiring. i am reading the frequent news items about the closures of Highway 1. While i don’t think they would keep me from coming to Big Sur in the years ahead i do wonder: is it dangerous just to drive down this highyway? i mean, is there a risk of being swept away by a rockslide? I’m serious.

  2. You could be swept over the edge, sure, but I would never underestimate the possibility of it landing plunk-plop, right on top of you.
    True, there are a number of locations with rusted old vehicle hulks way down over the cliffs.

    That snow boarder in Utah, a few days ago, never thought he’d be buried under that avalanche, forever. These 9 people that perished on I-75 in Florida this morning, never thought driving on the flatlands was dangerous- until the fog and smoke obscured everything.

    Be calm.
    Expect the unexpected.
    Know your-self from within.
    Have a good supper, before you embark.

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