Jade Festival, 2012 & Rocky Creek Viaduct closure update

This morning, all campgrounds down here on the South Coast were full in anticipation of the Jade Festival. The heat wave has broken, so expect foggy and chilly mornings, burning off in the afternoon for beautiful sunshiny afternoons. The festival starts tomorrow at noon and continues Saturday and Sunday from 10-6 pm. Our wonderful Jewell of the South Coast is the featured star, with a supporting cast of great food, live music and wonderful friendly people. This is a family gathering, on a school, so no drugs or alcohol are permitted on site. Fur kids must be on a leash.

New schedule for viaduct closure:

Today’s Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito
and Santa
Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189

MONTEREY COUNTY – After further consultation with the contractor, the hours
for full closures of Hwy. 1 at Rocky Creek (PM 59.5) will be 9 pm to 7 am
beginning Monday, October 15 through the end of February, Caltrans
officials have announced.

Roadwork will occur seven days a week, 24/7 with one-way signalized traffic
control. Traffic will be stopped for 10 minutes at a time. However, full
overnight closures will take place five nights a week Sundays through
Thursdays. No full closures will occur on Friday/Saturday nights.

The project to construct a permanent viaduct about 15 miles south of Carmel
near the Rocky Creek Bridge along Highway 1 began on Sept. 4. Completion is
scheduled by Labor Day 2013, weather permitting.

Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions
and other factors.

If my calculations are correct, that is four and one-half months of overnight closures, five days a week.

4 thoughts on “Jade Festival, 2012 & Rocky Creek Viaduct closure update

  1. thanks for the updates! what about holidays? we anticipate being in big sur for thanksgiving.

  2. In all prior press releases, Cal Trans has said that the road would not be closed on enumerated holidays, which I would venture to guess includes Thanksgiving. (I do not have a list of recognized holidays). I think the PIOs just got sloppy on this one.

    bigsurkate, on a mountain top in Big Sur

  3. Yes the highway will remain open on major holidays plus in most cases the day after too for returning travelers. I’ll hunt that info down and send it out. I also plan to bring it to the BSMAAC meeting on Oct. 19.

    Have a good day!


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