Highway Closure Update, 8/21/17

Photos of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) showing the final girder assembly and the launch nose and bridge deck prep work. Photo of Mud Creek in 1995—Courtesy of Rock Knocker.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, August 21:
Highway 1 in Monterey County continues to provide 35 total miles of Hwy. 1 to the public from south of Gorda (PM 10) to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon (PM 45.5), accessible only via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. State Route 1 remains closed from north of Salmon (just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek event. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County, past Ragged Point to Salmon Creek.

REMINDER: Travelers CANNOT travel the entire length of Highway 1, but local businesses are open on both sides of the closure points at Pfeiffer Canyon and Salmon Creek.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)
Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain. A tentative cost and timeline is targeted to be announced at the end of August. The roadway remains impassable.

There is no public access through the Mud Creek area as this is an active construction zone.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)
Paul’s Slide continues to provide access to the public 24/7, with one-way reversing traffic control with flaggers.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
· The girder assembly has taken place in preparation for the bridge launching over the canyon, expected to take place this week.
· Public access is still on schedule for mid-to-late September.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-423-0396 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Officer

PM 45.52 PCB Final Girder Assembly 8.19.17PM 45.52 PCB Launch Nose and Bridge Deck Prep Work-1 8.19.17PM 8.9 Mud Creek in 1995


Big Sur Fisherman

Per KSBW at 10:30 am:

BIG SUR, Calif. — A massive search is underway for a fisherman who was knocked off rocks into the ocean by a large wave near Garrapata State Park in Big Sur Sunday night.

Lifeguards from California State Parks and rescue swimmers are searching kelp beds for the missing angler.

Martha Diehl reported many law enforcement present at the Crab Lab when she drove by earlier this am.