Convoys, Announced & Not

New sign at the bottom of Nacimiento at Highway One. Where’s the one for people coming over to the coast?

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For the second time on a Wednesday between the scheduled, announced convoys we ran into another unannounced convoy. This was yesterday, 5/31, and  was 2 lead vehicles, 4 of the  super 10-yard trucks and 4 transfer trucks, which were super 10 yards pulling a loaded trailer. If a 10 yard exceeds the weight limit, then a transfer truck sure does. Hmm, here are the 4 trucks I saw pulling trailers of the 8 total. The little bridge I posted about is getting beat up. I will post the replies I have gotten, and next actions I will take.

 

From Senator Bill Monning’s Office;

“I spoke with Caltrans today and they informed me that the State investigated all structures prior to the first convoy several weeks ago and found it has the capacity to handle legal truck loads as defined by the vehicle code. As you are aware, the Department is not the owner of the road in question and therefore not responsible for the signage. However, we are responsible for the biannual inspections of the bridge and the load rating of the bridge. Monterey County has their own reasons for signing Nacimiento Creek Bridge under its rating.”

From MoCo Public Works:

“We have looked into this matter and the sign placed is an advisory signs for trucks. Our records indicate that the bridges along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road are capable of carrying loads legally allowed per the California Vehicle Code. However, the road is steep and narrow and thus the placement of the warning sign.”

Interesting that they say the above, and then post a brand-new sign.

I guess my next step is to try to get those biannual inspections from the County and for the state investigation.

 

Road Closure Update, 5/31/17

Mud Creek (PM 8.9) – MUD CREEK HAD A MAJOR SLIDE/SLIP OUT AT 9:30 PM, SATURDAY, MAY 20—IT LOST MILLIONS OF CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL AND REMAINS IMPASSABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)— Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—ACCESS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DELIVERY VEHICLES ONLY THROUGH THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 2 ONLY.

AS WORK NEARS THE NARROWEST SECTION OF ROAD AT THIS LOCATION, WE ANTICIPATE INCREASED SLOPE INSTABILITY ABOVE THE ROAD AND AN INCREASE IN MOVEMENT OF SLIDE MATERIAL AND ROCK. CALTRANS NEEDS TO FULLY CLOSE THE ROAD DURING THIS PERIOD (SATURDAY, JUNE 3 THROUGH TUESDAY, JUNE 6) TO ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY. WE ANTICIPATE RESUMING NORMAL HOURS OF LOCAL/DELIVERY ACCESS ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7. ANOTHER UPDATE WILL BE PROVIDED MID-DAY ON MONDAY, JUNE 5.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE ROADWAY THROUGH PAUL’S SLIDE CAN CLOSE DOWN AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE . CALTRANS NEEDS TO CONTINUE RE-ASSESSING THE SITUATION AND DETERMINE WHETHER LOCAL ACCESS CAN REMAIN THROUGH PAUL’S SLIDE.

· 12:00PM Monday / Wednesday / Friday– A single caravan south and a single caravan north, you must be in line by noon! There may be up to 45 minute delay to clear the road before the opening.

· Delivery vehicles (Restriction is 30 feet maximum length and 50,000 lbs. maximum weight) can now use all access windows 7 days a week.

· Access times for the morning and evening are still the same except for Friday:

5:30AM to 6:00AM and 7:00PM to 7:30PM – Sat.-Thurs.

· Friday’s hours will be shortened to:

5:30AM – 8:00AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM

· The noon opening will be for PAUL’S SLIDE ONLY, (NOT MUD CREEK); you will need to use Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to exit the coast.

The targeted “public access” date of early July needs to be re-assessed with recent activity, public opening date could be pushed further

Paul’s Slide photos:

PM 21.6 Paul's Slide-1 5.30.17PM 21.6--Paul's Slide-2 5.30.17