CVR Closure

Carmel Valley RD. Is closed until 10:30-11:00 due to a traffic accident, possible fatality.

According to CHP, the car was speeding and went off the road, down a 20 ft embankment and into a shed. There are downed wires on CVR, so that is the reason for the hard closure of the road. It looks like it will be closed until 10:30 or so. They also have to cut a tree down to get to the car.

Fires, 4/28/16

at 2:45 pm – a fire broke out near King City. It is reportedly black smoke, so possible structure fire.

Around 3 pm, Cal Fire and AA were dispatched to a brush fire about 3 miles north of the Paso Robles Airport.

Around 2 pm – a wildfire was reported at Casitas and 33 in Ventura Co. LPNF sent a full wild land fire response. This one is named Casitas and has an IC. It is reported at 20 acres.

Highway One Road Work Tentative Schedule thru June


MONTEREY COUNTY – A lengthy, slide repair project along the Highway 1 coast between Molera Rd. near Marina and the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line will begin Monday, May 2, Caltrans officials announced today.

Roadwork will take place Monday through Friday and consist of one-way traffic control between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 15 minutes. Electronic message signs will be posted alerting motorists of the work. Below is a tentative schedule for the next few weeks but dates and locations are subject to change, depending on the time required to complete each section.

May 2 – PM 51.2 (Molera) to 49.03 (River Inn)
May 3 – PM 49.03 (River Inn) to 48.03 (Big Sur Library)
May 4 – PM 48.03 (Library) to 48.85 (Brewer Bridge)
May 5 – PM 48.85 to 47.3 (Fernwood)
May 6 – PM 47.3 to 46.35 (Big Sur Station)

May 9 – 46.35 to 45.52 (Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge)
May 10 – 45.52 to 44.9 (Post Ranch)
May 11 – 44.9 to 43.91 (Nepenthe)
May 12 – 43.91 to 43.17 (Big Sur Inn)
May 13 – 43.17 to 42.15 (Fullers)

May 16 – 42.15 to 39.72 (Torre Canyon Bridge)
May 17 – 42.15 to 39.72 (Torre Canyon Bridge)
May 18 – 39.72 to 38.69 (Partington Ridge Road)*
May 19 – Move to Willow Springs Area PM 10.00 (Gorda) to PM 8.88 (Mud Creek)
May 20 – 8.88 to 6.8 (Grey’s Slip)
*NOTE: Crews are aware and will work around the AMGEN tour.

The purpose of this roadwork is to improve traveler safety by making highway repairs. Roadwork is being done by the Big Sur and Willow Springs Maintenance crews. This project is scheduled to be complete in June. An update will be provided next month with the final weeks’ schedule.

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

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at:

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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The Music of the Rain

3:35 pm – Nice downpour – 1.49″/hour. Gratefully received.

I came into my library with a cup of coffee to read. I turned on my replica 1930’s radio for music. I could almost hear the rain on the metal roof, but not well. I turned off the radio. I won’t have too many more opportunities for a while to listen to the music of the rain.

Rain total at end of day. I’m busy listening to the music of the rain.

Big Sur Marathon this Sunday, 4/24/2016

Travelers are advised to avoid Highway One until after 1 pm, otherwise expect 2 hour delays. Caravan time are listed below, but if you cannot read them, go to: Big Sur International Marathon for additional information. Employee passes are, as usual, available at the Big Sur River Inn office.


Rain Report, 4/9/16

I was disappointed in the “rain” yesterday, as it was really a drizzle. I got a total of .07″ during the day, another .03″ last night/early am for a total of only a tenth of an inch. It did start raining about up here about 12:15, but still not very heavy, just enough to drive Missy inside. Hope you are fairing better, and that we get more this afternoon and evening. Have a great weekend!

Laureles Grade Slipout Repair

Monterey County – Laureles Grade Slipout Repair Project
Emergency construction work on Laureles Grade, 1.1 miles north of Carmel Valley Road, approximately between Miramonte Road and South View Lane.
The project consists of road shoulder and slope repair utilizing soil-nails and concrete to stabilize the slope.
Temporary traffic control measures to be implemented, reducing traffic in the construction zone to one lane only during the course of the construction. Laureles Grade will remain open to traffic during construction activities.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
Motorists should expect delays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.