Highway One Closure Update, 3/16/17

SR-1 Full Closure—Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35). Please note changes since yesterday below:

· Yesterday, we indicated that Friday would be the last day to resupply from the south, but there will be another chance on Monday, March 20th between 10 am and 3 pm.
· Permanent restoration of the road at Paul’s Slide is scheduled to begin next week.
· During this construction at Paul’s slide, residents will have limited access—possibly a half-hour window in the morning and the evening—but unfortunately, the school bus and resupply/deliveries will not be allowed to pass at any time.
· Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.
· Nacimiento-Ferugson Road might be open to the public within days. An update will be provided as soon as possible.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):
· The roadway continues to deteriorate as slide activity continues daily. Further updates about the ability to pass through this section will be provided as the slide stabilizes.
· For now, local access will continue to be allowed.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):
· As noted above, permanent restoration of the road at Paul’s slide will require full closure.
· For Friday’s and Monday’s opportunity to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet. There is a flagger at Ragged Point checking I.D.’s for residents and allowing delivery vehicles through.
· The school bus will be allowed to cross Paul’s Slide through Monday.

· 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.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.5) Demolition:
Demolition of the bridge resumed yesterday and will continue until complete. I’ve attached a couple of photos.

All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.

· Any vehicles that were in the large turn-out just north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge have been towed to the large “secure” parking lot at the MAF as of TUESDAY, MARCH 7.

· Due to the nature of the construction activities, access will be subject to change on a regular basis.

· Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided mid-day on Friday, March 17 or sooner if conditions change.

· NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans inquiries) 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

3 thoughts on “Highway One Closure Update, 3/16/17

  1. I went down to Pauls slide today ( whoever Paul is I’d like to have a word with him if this is his fault ) and talked to some of the wonderfully capable men working there about what is going to happen.

    Basically the geology of the land there is loose, no real underlying rock structure, so it cannot be as steep as it is and remain stable, especially when lubricated by lots of water. they have made the roadbed kinda OK, but the inside needs to be sculpted back to an angle of repose, that lesser slope where it will not be a constant annoyance of debris falling.

    that’s the job they will be doing, and I’m glad it’s such an experienced and capable company doing the work. see ‘crane fiasco’ for comparison. this company has done LOTS of work around here, all well done, thanks guys!

    but they need to move a lot of materiel. 300+ yards of road where the hillside above the road 100 ft + high gets to be made ‘laid back’ because it sure isn’t that way now.

    expect it to take a while, time undetermined. theirs will be a voyage of discovery and work to get there. wish them luck!

    and yeah, get your necessary stuff beforehand

  2. Yes, Rock Knocker says they have to take this down from the top, so yes, it will take a while. But Mud Creek is getting worse, not better, and that I don’t expect to last as a way out for much longer. Hopefully, I am wrong.

  3. CPC: “One-lane solution may
    speed access to Cachagua”


    CONSTRUCTION CREWS used drills
    and other heavy machinery to take soil samples
    at the Cachagua Road “slipout”
    Monday, in order to figure out the best way
    to fix the collapsed section of road that’s a
    main artery for the rural Upper Carmel
    Valley community.

    During a fierce round of winter storms in
    mid-February, a large chunk of the narrow
    road about 1.5 miles up the hill from Carmel
    Valley Road cracked and then slid.
    Kleinfelder crews conducted the boring
    and core sampling March 13, according to
    Kate Daniels, aide to 5th District County
    Supervisor Mary Adams.

    “The soil testing that started earlier this
    week is what is needed for us to be able to
    decide whether or not it’s feasible for a onelane,
    limited-access road while the longerterm
    repairs are in progress,” she said, Thursday.


    The geotechnical work and results will also help the county’s
    engineers determine the best long-term solution to the
    collapse, and to design the right fix. Daniels said the test
    results are expected by the end of the month.

    In the meantime, residents of the area must now travel a
    more circuitous route to get into and out of Cachagua, and
    many are eager to have some semblance of order restored.
    “Just survived six near hits and side-swipes between Sky
    Ranch and Tassajara roads. Started counting after the third
    small pickup nearly took me out,” wrote one woman on a web
    page that was established by residents who have been frustrated
    by the slow progress of repair efforts on Cachagua
    Grade. “I’ve been living in our community for 30 years and
    have never experienced anything so bad in one trip down the
    hill. This morning’s drive was actually scary and nervewracking.”
    “County staff is diligently working on the project and trying
    to deliver the project as early as possible,” county
    resources management agency officials stated on a web page
    they set up to keep residents informed. “Our first task to
    complete is our geotechnical review of the site to appropriately
    develop and properly engineer the repair. We are also in
    the process of stabilizing the remaining portion of the road.”

    Supervisors receive update
    At their March 14 meeting, county supervisors received
    an update on storm-related repairs from public works officials
    and were also asked to approve several budget modifications
    to pay for the work.

    Their resolution included shifting $8,487,500 from
    reserves to pay for the county’s share, along with $8,325,000
    from reserves to cover bills they believe will eventually be
    reimbursed by state and federal taxpayers.
    The money will provide “initial working capital to complete
    the most time-sensitive work to protect the health and
    safety of county residents until the county receives state and
    federal reimbursements for these disasters,” according to the

    They were also asked to transfer $9.5 million from the
    general fund to the resources management agency “to make
    immediate (current year) critical repairs in response to
    storm” and fire damage, and to allocate $494,654 for repairs
    in county parks, and $1,105,346 to the agency’s “park resort”
    budget, also to fix storm and fire damage.


    CPC also has a PCB demo story as well…check it on a hard copy with link below…



    Kate, format issues from this story on this neighbor site can get hairy, I didn’t know what the policy is for stories from other local media on copy/paste drops- thought it would be easier on all your followers who check your site to add the one with less local attention, but, just as important.

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