Elephant’s Trunk overnight closures Mid-May to Mid-Sept.

Today’s Date: Monday, May 4, 2015

District:          05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa 

                         Cruz Counties

Contact:          Jim Shivers or Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual)

Phone:                         (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3138





SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES – A project to construct a retaining wall on State Route 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties is now under way.  It is expected to serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.


Full overnight closures on State Route 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point are expected to begin in mid-May through mid-September, Sunday night through Friday morning from 9 pm until 6 am.  


Motorists traveling north/south of these closures are advised to reach their destinations before 9 pm.  Access will be maintained for local residents and all businesses along the coast will remain open during the roadwork.


Motorists can expect one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal Monday through Fridayfrom 7 am until 4 pm with delays not expected to exceed ten minutes.


Electronic Message Boards will be activated on US Highway 101 in Paso Robles and Hwy. 1 in Carmel and Cambria to inform motorists of these highway closures.  

All local businesses will remain open during this project.




This contractor for this $9.5 million dollar project is Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA.  This project is expected to be completed in 2017.


Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo County, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm   

Elephant Trunk Retaining Wall Project Map 050115

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Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer/

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

805. 549.3138


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One thought on “Elephant’s Trunk overnight closures Mid-May to Mid-Sept.

  1. Any idea what they mean by “Access will be maintained for local residents”? Will locals be allowed through there during the 9pm to 6am closures?

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