The Ever Dynamic Mud Creek

From Caltrans
On Monday April 17th Mud Creek and Paul’s were opened late in the morning due to the rain event and the time it took to clear the road for safe passage. In addition the evening opening of Mud Creek did not occur without prior notice.

Mud Creek is very dynamic during rain events and for several days after. Yesterday morning when the crews arrived there was significant mud flow and the road took a long time to clear before it could be made passable. The crews worked diligently all day and had expected to have the road open for the evening opening. However later in the day the fog rolled in and the slide activity did not decrease. Due to the fog the crews were unable to continue working as the spotters were unable to see the slope above the workers and it was deemed to be unsafe to continue working clearing slide material and also unsafe to open to traffic.

We will do our best to get an email notification out if this occurs again. But due to the dynamic nature of Mud Creek during rain events we suggest using Nacimiento Ferguson Rd due to unplanned closures of Mud Creek.

We also appreciate your patience when opening times are delayed due to the overnight slide activity and the additional time that may be needed to open the road in the morning at both Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek.

My sincere apologies to those who were caught off guard.

Highway Closure Update, 4/18/17

Two photos (Monday, April 17) of Mud Creek on State Route 1 in Monterey County (PM 8.9).

*Same information as Thursday, April 13, with new information on parking area south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge*

SR-1 Full Closure-Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35).

* As roadwork to restore Mud Creek (PM 8.9) gets underway, effective Monday, April 17, residents going through Mud Creek (PM 8.9) will have an access window similar to Paul’s Slide, but
longer to allow passage through both work sites. Resupply schedule on Fridays is also slightly longer.
* Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is open to the public. Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north.
* Friday deliveries: Residents and deliveries will be allowed through at Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek once per week on Fridays between 5:00 am – 9:30 am, and 5:00 pm – 8 pm. Delivery
vehicles are limited to 30 feet in length and up to 50,000 pounds.
* Residents have unlimited access between Gorda and Limekiln State Park and from north of Paul’s Slide to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Four gates are closing the roadway overnight
at the following locations: 1) south end of Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 2) north end of Mud Creek (PM 8.9); 3) North end of Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.07) and 4) north end of Hermitage wall
(PM 22.42). Emergency services will have overnight access to the locked gates.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):
* As of Monday, April 17, there will be limited resident access through Mud Creek due to major restorative work above the roadway; access is limited to 5 am – 6:30 am and 6:30 pm – 8 pm.
This will be for a minimum of four to six weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.
* For now, unlimited resident access will continue to be allowed daily if they are in between the gated areas of Mud Creek and Paul’s, or north of Paul’s Slide to south of the Pfeiffer Canyon
Bridge closure.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):
* As of March 22nd , there is limited access due to major excavation above the roadway; resident access is limited to 5:30 am – 6:00 am and 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm. This will be for a minimum six
to eight weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.
* For the Friday opportunities to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet.
* Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.

* All vehicles must be cleared from the Rancho Rico area, the turnout south of the bridge by Friday, April 21 so that construction equipment can access this area.
* Demolition of the bridge is complete: The final span (span 1) came down Wednesday, March 22. Bridge debris clearing from the canyon is nearing completion and utility relocation has begun. ** Please stay clear of the area for your own safety and to allow the construction team to work on re-building this vital part of the road.
* All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.
* Due to changing weather conditions, sections of State Route 1 may be closed at any time in the interest of public safety.

* 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 Thursday, April 20 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: or
Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at
* **Caltrans wishes to thank all the agencies that have been working with us to help expedite the repairs and reconstruction of the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast-especially and most recently,
utility companies PG&E and AT&T for their expedited work and support in the reconstruction efforts at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

Jim Shivers
Acting Manager
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Office