Following is an update from the Fire Brigade on U.S. mail delivery into and out of Big Sur.
Until further notice, there will be no U.S. mail delivery or pick up SOUTH of the Pfeiffer Bridge. The post office is closed for business, but any mail that may currently be in a PO Box may be picked up there.
Mail for those SOUTH of the bridge may now be picked up at the Monterey post office. Andrew and Eric will be based there and the post office phone (667-2305) will be forwarded and answered in Monterey.
If it is possible to get a van across the bridge tomorrow, packages currently in the post office will be moved to Monterey.
Normal mail deliveries will be made NORTH of the bridge.
Outgoing mail may be deposited in the blue mail box at River Inn (outside the general store) or may be placed in the outgoing mail slot at the bottom of Pfeiffer Ridge. Do not put any outgoing mail in the slot inside the post office or in the blue box at the post office.
There will be no pedestrian crossing on the bridge during periods of rain. Rain is forecast to begin Wednesday evening, so if you can, pick up whatever mail may be in the post office before then.
Every effort will be made to deliver mail on the South Coast depending on road conditions along Highway 1 and Nacimiento – Fergusson Road.
On another note, the Deli next to the post office will try to remain open as long as possible during the day for those who can walk there or drive from south of the Deli.
This is a notification from Alert Monterey County:
IMPORTANT NOTICE…You are receiving this notice as a member of the Big Sur coast community. The Pfeiffer Bridge will be open to PASSENGER VEHICLES tomorrow, Wednesday 2/15/2017, SUBJECT TO CAL TRANS APPROVAL, during two time windows for evacuation and resupply purposes. Affected citizens can utilize the bridge between the hours of 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and again between 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. All persons needing to use the bridge for egress or ingress should schedule their trips during these time windows, TOMORROW ONLY. The hard closure will resume after 5:00 pm until further notice from Cal Trans.
**NEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TOMORROW, PENDING BRIDGE SURVEY RESULTS AT 9 AM ***
VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO CROSS PFEIFFER CYN BRIDGE, ONE VEHICLE AT A TIME, ESCORTED BY CHP, FROM EITHER DIRECTION FOR TWO SESSIONS: 1) 10 AM TO 1 PM AND 2) 2 PM TO 5 PM. THERE IS A 20 TON LIMIT. THIS IS SOLELY DEPENDANT UPON THE RESULTS OF THE BRIDGE SURVEY/ASSESSMENT TO TAKE PLACE AT 9 AM ON WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15…EXPECT THE ‘GO AHEAD’ OR ‘CEASE OPERATIONS’ UPDATE AT 9:30 AM TOMORROW.* NOTE: THESE PROVISIONS ARE ONLY FOR CRITICAL AND NECESSARY TRIPS.
State Route 1 continues to be closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87)
and Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge(PM 45.5).
Motorists may travel north on State Route 1 from Cambria to Ragged
Point (SLO PM 72.87) or south from Carmel to Pfeiffer Cyn. Bridge (PM
The roadway is not passable between Ragged Pt (SLO 72.87) and Dolan
Pt (PM 29.70) or to vehicles at Pfeiffer Cyn. Bridge (PM 45.5)
*LOCALS MAY TRAVEL BETWEEN RAGGED PT AND LIMEKILN (PM 21.3) OR TRAVEL BETWEEN DOLAN and SOUTH of PFEIFFER CYN BRIDGE (PM 45.5).
*IMPORTANT NOTE TO LOCALS: ANOTHER STORM IS ANTICIPATED THIS THURSDAY, FEB. 16. IT IS UNKNOWN HOW THE BRIDGE WILL SUSTAIN ITSELF. PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE WILL FULLY CLOSE – INCLUDING TO PEDESTRIANS – FOR THE DURATION OF THE RAIN DUE TO SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.
Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Nacimiento – Fergusson Road Closed
Due to Road Slide Safety Concerns
GOLETA, CA, February 14, 2017… Los Padres National Forest, in cooperation with Monterey County, today announced that Nacimiento-Fergusson Road will be closed to all traffic as of 5:00 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2017, due to road slide safety concerns. Road closure barriers will be installed at the junction of South Coast Ridge Road at Nacimiento Summit and at the junction with State Highway 1. Road repair of the damaged section of road is being planned for implementation as soon as possible; however, there is no known reopening time.
Nacimineto-Fergusson Road is the only pass through from Highway 1 to Highway 101 between Carmel Valley Road and Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County.
The closure will prohibit motorized travel on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road between South Coast Ridge Road at Nacimiento Summit and State Highway 1. Those living to the east of the Summit can still use that portion of the road to access Highway 101. Forest Service Recreation Facilities at Sand Dollar, Plaskett and Kirk Creek Campgrounds will be closed pending re-opening of State Highway 1. Access to these recreation sites by Nacimiento-Fergusson Road will not be possible during the road closure.
The public is discouraged from using Forest Service roads on the Monterey District due to unstable road conditions caused by recent storms, and the current weather forecast for significant additional rainfall.
Visitors may call the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434 or the Multi Agency Facility at Big Sur at (831) 667-2315 with questions related to road status.