Vehicles Parked North of PCB need to be moved

Good afternoon Stan and Kate,

Can you please help me get the word out to the public, vehicles currently parked in the large turn-out just north of Pfeiffer Cyn. Bridge will have to be moved BY MONDAY, MARCH 6, in anticipation of equipment and material mobilization. I understand the owners of many of these vehicle may be south of the bridge. If that is the case, we will tow them to the large “secure” parking lot at the MAF ON TUESDAY, MARCH 7.

I’ll also include this in tomorrow’s update.

Thanks so much in advance for your help in this regard. ☺

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

Northern Highway Report

From Rick Aldinger:

Diana, Basil and I had a conference call with Lance Gorman and Susana Cruz regarding the status of the highway north of PCB. Lance and his engineers identified 4 locations of concern:

PPM 51.04
Highway shoulder just north of Andrew Molera campground road gate. Not a high priority at this time. Bank is sliding just off the highway shoulder, but roadbed seems fine.

PPM 54.4
North end of lighthouse flat. Roadbed is undermined under the southbound lane due to plugged culvert last week. High priority for highway to be opened to the public.

PPM 56.8
Large slide between Little Sur and Hurricane Point. High priority for highway to be opened to the public.

PPM 57.6
Guardrail and edge of highway shoulder starting to slide. Something to keep an eye on.

Cal Trans plans to have contracts signed today, and contractors on site by tomorrow. They will focus on ppm 54.5 and 56.8, and will be able to work concurrently on both. At 54.4, material needs to be replaced under the southbound lane and compacted, and then resurface. At 56.8, Cal Trans will consult with the contractor to determine if the remaining slide material is stable enough to simply let it come down on its own, and clean the road, or if they need to employ equipment to pull it down and haul it away.

Hopefully, by the end of this week, a better estimate can be made for the opening of the highway. In the meantime, either Lance or Susana will reach out to me with any updates.

Stay tuned.

Rick Aldinger
General Manager
Big Sur River Inn

Full Closure Continues

Until there is a change of circumstances, or new information being offered, this will be the last update until things change. If the placement of the closure changes, the report on the bridge is updated with new information, or anything new is offered other than new photos, I will not be posting on my blog until then. There are other things to cover.

· DUE TO EXTREME SAFETY CONCERNS AND THE BRIDGE’S DYNAMIC INSTABILITY, EVERYONE needs to STAY CLEAR and not get within 100 feet of either side of the bridge. This closure will be enforced.

· Drilling began Thursday, February 23 and will continue for approximately two weeks. Caltrans geotechnical and bridge experts from around the state are working as quickly as possible toward the bridge replacement. Drilling investigation findings are targeted for March 17.

· On the maintenance side, our goal is to make progress with the slides to regain access on both sides of the Pfeiffer Cyn. Bridge:
· On the south, work is being done 24/7 to repair the road at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6).
· On the north, there are still areas of concern with fallen trees, mud and slope instability.

Locals may travel in a truck, SUV or van, daytime only:
1) between Ragged. Pt. and Limekiln Crk Bridge (PM 21), (there are flaggers checking ID’s at Ragged Pt.) and
2) between just north of Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge and Carmel.

*We realize that access is limited to locals and please be aware that [SOME] businesses remain open.*

Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided around mid-day Thursday, March 2 or sooner if conditions change.

NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans road inquiries) for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at or via phone at (831) 796-3092.

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