County Report on Palo Colorado Road Repairs

Monterey County RMA is currently managing two projects on this road; (1) The Palo Colorado Emergency Repairs at Rocky Creek (Milepost 3.0 to 3.5) and Palo Colorado Storm Repairs from “the Hoist” to “Botcher’s Gap” (Milepost 4.0 to 7.5). Here is a brief summary on both:

The Palo Colorado Emergency Repairs at Rocky Creek (Milepost 3.0 to 3.5)
The repairs consist of replacing the existing damaged culverts underneath Palo Colorado Road at the Rocky Creek and Brandon Creek crossings. The culverts were damaged as a result of the 2017 winter storms and Soberanes Fire. The County has temporarily surfaced the road with aggregate base material on this section of damaged road and a placed temporary bridge near the Rocky Creek culvert crossing. The County is developing plans for the permanent fix as well obtaining the necessary permits for the resulting construction work. We intend to work on initiate the construction work on the permanent repairs as soon as all the regulatory permits are obtained and as long as weather permits.

Palo Colorado Storm Repairs from “The Hoist” to “Botcher’s Gap” (Milepost 4.0 to 7.5)
The repairs consist of reconstruction this 3.5 mile section of Palo Colorado Road. Dozens of culverts were damaged and several slipouts developed from the 2017 winter storms and Soberanes Fire. Given the extent and magnitude of the damages, the cost to repair this section of Palo Colorado Road is estimated to be over $10 million dollars. The County is currently in the process of negotiating and securing a contract with an engineering firm to develop engineering plans and obtain the necessary permits and clearance for this project. This is a longer-term repair project that may take 1-3 years to complete, provided the required project funding is secured.

Palo Colorado Road Repair Update (Updated 8/17/17)

Repairs at Rocky Creek (Milepost 3.0 to 3.5)

County is preparing plans to replace the existing damaged culverts underneath Palo Colorado Road and the Rocky Creek and Brandon Creek Crossings. The road has been temporarily resurfaced with aggregate base material and a temporary bridge has been placed near the Rocky Creek culvert crossing. Plans for permanent repairs are complete and County has applied for the necessary regulatory permits required to complete this work. However, permits will not be issued in time to begin construction before this rain season (October 2017-April 2018). Meanwhile, County is proceeding with bidding so that we have a contractor ready and so we can prepare as much as possible ahead of beginning construction in Spring 2018.

If we get heavy rains this year resulting in high water flows within Rocky Creek, County may need to pull the bridge temporarily to avoid damaging the bridge. County will monitor conditions throughout the winter and provide advanced notice of any action to pull the bridge.

Below is a brief outline of milestone dates for this project:

August 23, 2017; Walk through with contractors
August 29, 2017; Big Sur Land Use Advisory Committee Meeting to obtain Coastal Development Permit
September 8, 2017; Construction Bids Due
Fall 2017; Site preparation work prior to culvert replacement
Spring 2018; Construction expected to begin

Installation of Security Gate

County has scheduled installation of a security gate limiting access above the “Hoist” on August 24, 2017. This gate will be installed in the location where temporary barricades have been placed. Vehicle access beyond the gate will be limited to residents and emergency personnel. The gate may remain in place permanently to allow for temporary closures as needed, and will only be opened when road conditions above the Hoist are safe for vehicles.

Major Storm Repairs from “Hoist to Botcher’s Gap” (Milepost 4.0 to 7.5)

County plans to reconstruct this 3.5-mile section of Palo Colorado Road. Numerous culverts were severely damaged, as well as several slip-outs developed from the 2017 winter storms and the Soberanes Fire. County is working to get a Design Consultant under contract by November 2017 for the environmental and preliminary engineering. Repairs required for this project is expected to take 1-3 years to complete (2020), including design.

Communication

The County has designated a single point of contact for this project to receive questions and coordinate with agencies to provide a collective response:

Monterey County Resource Management Agency, Public Works Division
Contact: Christine Poe, Management Analyst II
1441 Schilling Place, South 2nd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-5025
poec@co.monterey.ca.us

All calls and emails will be responded to as soon as possible. We will monitor conditions throughout the rain season and provide advanced notice of any actions via Chief Cheryl Goetz as well as the County’s website and social media.

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~ by bigsurkate on August 23, 2017.

5 Responses to “County Report on Palo Colorado Road Repairs”

  1. WOW!

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  2. Kate,

    Are there any past historical county/state projects that have had to do the same with this amount of damage and challenging terrain to repair/replace to reference to?

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  3. Lower Palo Colorado Canyon Road especially from the bottom of Murray’s Grade to the mouth of the canyon has been heavily damaged by becoming a river and then being torn apart by heavy debris being carried down, jammed and twisted up, gouging out sides and centers of the road as culverts failed. These necessary repairs have been mentioned by the county,
    and I’m surprised there isn’t an update in this notice! Heavy
    rain is going to sweep sections of the road clean away. It’s already wreaking havoc on my poor Tacoma 4×4. Anybody got any idea what’s happening?

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  4. Thank you so much Kate for sharing this info. We were told we would be receiving weekly updates and its been several weeks since we have heard anything. This information will really help with our winter preparations. Thanks again!

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  5. Sunshine, the county tweeted about this with a link, which I did not save, so you need to go to the county public works website and follow it for additional info. Was great to meet you a couple weeks ago.

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