Pitkins Curve/Rockshed Project


MONTEREY COUNTY — Highway 1 Bridge and Rockshed at Pitkins Curve (post-mile 21.5) is nearing completion, Caltrans officials announced today.

The ¼ – mile project limits extends from just north of Limekiln Creek Bridge to south of Lucia. The project includes a rockshed, a bridge, and a retaining wall.

Some of the most significant benefits of this project include:
The project will severely reduce motorists’ encounters with a falling rock and/or a land slide.
The project should greatly reduce any period of closure of the highway at this location due to a major slide.
The cost of maintaining this stretch of highway will be greatly reduced as a result of this project.
The ride will be much more pleasant than it was before (smoother ride, unique structures, more impressive view).

“We are excited to see this project approaching completion,” said District 5 Director Tim Gubbins. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in January, weather permitting.

The contractor for this $29.5 million project is Golden State Bridge Inc. of Martinez, CA.

Wildfire, Atascadero

1:00 pm – Cal Fire tweets it is 60 acres, 15% contained, and structures are threatened.

12:30 pm – Cal Fire has requested CHP close El Toro Rd at the cluster of mail boxes. CoRds has been called in case a hard closure is necessary.

11:30 – scanner traffic indicates 20 acres and engines requested from Morro Bay and Cayucos for structure protection.

At this time, 11:00 am, the wildfire in Atascadero off Highway 41 and El Toro Creek Rd. is approximately 4 acres, as reported by KSBY.

WildCAD is reporting:

11/08/2013 10:08 LPF-3494
PNH0P4 1502 Toro Wildfire Torro Creek Road FR 28S05 . BC31LPF CRW4LPF DOZ4LPF E15LPF 4X4 E30LPF E335LPF E338LPF 4X HEL527LPF PAT17LPF Q . . .