During Friday afternoon’s conference call and until this evening, the northern closure of SR-1 in the Big Sur area was located at the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, MPM 45.5. Effective immediately, the northern closure of SR-1 is being moved from the Pfeiffer Bridge to the Point Sur Lighthouse, MPM 54. This new location is being established based on continued inclement weather causing numerous, hazardous, active debris flows now extending for several miles north of the Pfeiffer Bridge creating a threat to public safety along SR-1. I’ve directed California Highway Patrol personnel to SR-1 at the Point Sur Lighthouse to man the new closure and provide appropriate law enforcement/public services until further notice. CalTrans will respond and assess the new debris flows and highway conditions during daylight hours on Tuesday, February 21. I apologize for any inconvenience this new closure may cause you, your staff and constituents. For current highway conditions in Monterey County, please refer to http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm You may also call 1-800-427-7623 for current highway conditions or find more information about roads, traffic and travel. My CHP 911 Communications may also be contacted anytime at (831) 796-2160.
Robert (Robb) Kaczor, Lieutenant
California Highway Patrol
From Susana Cruz at the DOT:
(RE: SIG ALERT-HWY 1 CLOSED) : SR-1 FULL CLOSURE MOVED SOUTH–RAGGED PT (SLO PM 72.87) TO JNO PT. SUR FACILITY (MON PM 54.5) AS OF 7PM. THIS INCLUDES LOCAL ACCESS.
Caltrans Willow Springs reported excessive rain at Mud Creek and Big Sur Maintenance reported 20-30 slides between Pfeiffer Bridge and the Crab Lab. Be Safe.
*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*
Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided around mid-morning tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 21.