Saturday, January 14, 2017
State Route 1 continues to be closed from Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) to Lucia (MON PM 23.00) due to rock/mudslides and trees down in multiple locations.
Motorists may travel south on Hwy. 1 from Carmel to Lucia or travel north from Cambria to Ragged Point.
In addition, there a full closure on Hwy. 1 at Mud Creek (MON PM 8.88) due to a mud/rock slides within the existing boundary of this closure.
Hwy 1 is open to local residents traveling south from Monterey who will be escorted through Paul’s slide (MON PM 21.6) to Gorda (PM 10) until 3 pm this afternoon.
This escort will also take place from 8 am until 3 pm on Sunday, Jan. 15. However, no escorts will take place on Monday, Jan. 16 due to the State Holiday, hence the road will just remain closed from Ragged Point to Lucia. An update will be provided at 12 noon tomorrow.
Although locals can be escorted through Paul’s Slide which is just north of the Rock Shed, and south of Lucia, the Mud Creek Slide, about a mile south of Gorda, has slammed shut.There is a manned closure at Gorda. This is expected to continue at least through the weekend. We are expecting an update around noon.
There is a contingency of 256 bicyclists leaving Monterey today to head south. I wrote them and advised them to take 68 to 101, due to our closures. Nacimiento would be EXTREMELY dangerous, even more than usual, as those of us who live here have only that option, and it is very narrow, only one lane in one spot. I hope they heeded my advice.
As you all know, Palo Colorado Canyon has been closed at about 3.3 miles in due to a failed culvert and the collapse of the road. This one will take quite a while to repair.
As always, take care of each other, be mindful of the closures and potential closures, and use this lull between storms wisely, as I know all Big Surians will.