Highway Closure Update, 9/11/17

Photos: Mud Creek (PM 8.9 attached) from Saturday, Sept. 9, Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52 below) removing falsework (left) and placing the deck reinforcement (right) from last week.

PM 8.9 Mud Creek 9.9.17



HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Sept. 11:

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. The projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

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

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)
Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 one-way reversing traffic control with flaggers will be replaced by a traffic signal and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline. Installation began last Tuesday, Sept. 1 and work continues this week.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
The bridge girder lowering process is complete and the girders are in their final position. Placement of the deck reinforcement is taking place as well as disassembling the remainder of the temporary falsework and completion of deck forming. The completion and opening of the new bridge is scheduled in mid-October.

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
Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas
para Caltrans en el Distrito 5
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3 thoughts on “Highway Closure Update, 9/11/17

  1. Interesting to see the progress on the bridge. The aerial photo of Mud Creek gives another sense of the daunting job ahead. Thank you again for letting all of us keep up from afar.

  2. Wow, first new update on the re-opening in a long time. Mid – October. Cool. Makes sense from all I have heard. Time to celebrate !!! It has been a truly unique and incredible time down here seeing neighbors doing what they have to do to survive. The kids have been troopers. The Deli and Taphouse, hero’s. The island was special and having the Highway to ourselves, incredible, but so ready not to have to hike to work again. Our community is resilient and tough, strong on opinion and sometimes not open minded but also in the end, amazing.

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