Cal Trans Update, 2/17/17 (10 hrs. Late)

Today was horrific everywhere. The winds here were over 70 mph, and it rained more than 5 and 1/2″ down here on the South Coast. These photos from Cal Trans were taken yesterday. I can only imagine how bad it is today. There is a large redwood down across Plaskett down below Sunshine Alley, and I don’t imagine it can be cut through until I can reach the USFS on Monday, but will try to send an email tonight. I have been without Satellite Internet all day, and the cell reception has been horrific to non-existent until tonight, so will post this now. Hoping the satellite is working tomorrow.

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Photos from yesterday of (L-R): Mud Creek (PM 8.8), Chimney Slide (PM 20), Limekiln (PM 21.3), the berm above Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) and the last two photos are of Cow Cliffs (PM 28.35)

*NEW INFORMATION*— 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
45.5)

*LOCALS MAY TRAVEL DURING DAYTIME HOURS ONLY BETWEEN RAGGED PT. AND JUST SOUTH OF MUD CREEK (PM 8.8) AS MUD CREEK IS IMPASSABLE DUE TO MORE SLIDE ACTIVITY YESTERDAY AND TODAY.

*IMPORTANT NOTE TO LOCALS: SEVERAL DAYS OF RAIN ARE ANTICIPATED TO CONTINUE THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22. DUE TO SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE WILL REMAIN FULLY CLOSED, INCLUDING TO PEDESTRIAN AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. THE NEXT BRIDGE INSPECTION WILL BE MADE EITHER ON TUESDAY, FEB. 21 OR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, AFTER THE RAIN, BUT IT IS NOT LIKELY THE BRIDGE WILL RE-OPEN.

*BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN* [Businesses north of the bridge, although there were lines and a tree down just north of Captain Cooper School, and given  the 20K people without power on the Peninsula today, I don’t know that this was cleared.]

Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided around mid-morning tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 18.

NOTE: For information on emergency services for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg@co.monterey.ca.us or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at carrollm@co.monterey.ca.us or via phone at (831) 796-3092.

Susana Z. Cruz nature-flower-blue-motif[1]
Caltrans District 5
Acting Manager
Public Information Office

Road Closures

There are 105 – count ’em – 105! Traffic hazard incidents listed on CHP log. I haven’t gone through them yet, been fighting with my internet and haven’t even had coffee yet this am. But the following are personal reports from our area:

Just got a report of downed trees and power lines about 1/4 mile north of Captain Cooper School. No estimated time of opening.

Also, Laureles Grade is closed and Fire is turning people around.

It is howling like a mofo up here, 70 mph plus gusts. Just stay home today, okay?

Of course, this is in addition to all the closures of Highway One.

My Internet is in and out today.  I’ll update once it’s stable.