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From Daniel Swain of Weather West: “Widespread soaking (& perhaps heavier) rain headed for CA! Details still uncertain, w/complex evolution & subtropical moisture tap.”


I’ve had a light rain this am, and everything is nice and wet. So far, it looks as if the first of two storms will come in on Friday evening through Saturday, and the second on Sunday, but the exact timing and the amount of rain has not yet been consistent.

Highway Closure Update, 10/30/17



HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Oct. 30
State Route 1 in Monterey County remains closed from north of Salmon Creek, just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek slide. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County near Ragged Point.

REMINDER: Travelers still CANNOT access the entire length of Highway 1 from Carmel to Cambria but local businesses are open on both sides of Mud Creek.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)
Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing over 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain (see photo). 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, emergency construction zone.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)
Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 traffic signal remains in place and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
Final work continues for several weeks. Roadwork at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge consists of alternating lane closures from 7 am to 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 7 am to 2 pm on Fridays. The contractor has been removing the falsework and soffit for the deck pour, contouring the canyon and demolishing the remainder of the bent 3 column which caused the initial failure of the structure (see photo). Roadwork this week consists of stripping the falsework and contouring the canyon (see photo) . The alternating lane closures are to facilitate stripping of the overhangs.

Possible Rain 1st week of November

UPDATE; Early this am, John Lindsey wrote: “ Confidence continues to build that we will receive our first significant rain of the season on Nov. 3 and 4. These are long-range charts and may change.”

From John Lindsey, SLO meterologist:

“Confidence continues to build that we will receive our first significant rain of the season during the first week of Nov.,perhaps 2+ inches!”

If this pans out, keep an eye on Paul’s Slide…

Here is John’s graphic:


Bridge Work, 10/25/17

My internet was off line this am, so just catching up. I did see the info about the fire at Rocky Point at about 1 am. The person who called 911 sent me a couple of short videos, which I haven’t seen yet, due to connectivity problems. Sounds like a close call.


Please note daytime work on Monday, Oct. 30.

Today’s Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189

MONTEREY COUNTY –Overnight closures consisting of one-way reversing traffic control on State Route 1 at Hot Springs Bridge (PM 32.81) and Lime Creek Bridge (PM 32.25) will take place over the next few nights with closure hours being from 9 pm to 6 am each night, with the exception of one day of daytime work only; locations and details are as follows:

Hot Springs Bridge (PM 32.81)
· Monday, Oct. 30 from 8 am to 4 pm
· Tuesday night, Oct. 31

Lime Creek Bridge (PM 32.25)
· Sunday night, Oct. 29 through Thursday, Nov. 2 (Friday morning, Nov. 3 at 6 am)

This one-way traffic control closure is necessary so that Caltrans can perform bridge preservation/deck sealing on the State Route 1 Hot Springs and Lime Creek bridges. This project also included bridge work in various locations in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.

Tour buses on Nacimiento

UPDATE: As a direct result of this post, and emails I and others sent when they saw this, and to comments posted on social media about this incident, SeeMonterey on FB added a disclaimer to their repost of the Vogue article, citing the dangerousness of Nasty, advising returning on 1 to 68; MoCoOES published the photo below and this:

”Monterey County and Big Sur love our visitors, but we want you to come and go safely.
This tour bus was headed to Nacimiento-Fergusson Road yesterday to cut across to Highway 101. N-F is a road that is a challenge for regular vehicles. Thanks to intervention by locals, disaster was averted.
Please spread the word, N-F is an important access route to Big Sur, but not for all vehicles!”

And Cal Trans just sent me this: “Caltrans has taken out “Nacimiento-Fergusson from it being an alternate route from our website (Ca Hwy Info Network [CHIN], I will also take it out of my updates starting with my next update on Monday, Oct. 30.” Thank you all for hearing our concerns.


It almost happened yesterday – the bus driver was confident he could make it and didn’t want to listen to any advice. This thing below just happened to stop at Lucia. An employee asked him where he was going. He replied he was “going to LA over that Naci-something road.” After she laughed in his face, and told his passengers they would be better off taking an extra hour or so to go back than getting stuck up on Naci all night long. Meanwhile, another employee started working on the passengers, describing the perils of the road. The on-board bathroom would be really ripe by morning. Had he actually gone up Naci (he couldn’t possibly have made it) he would have gotten stuck at some point, closing down Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd.


I think we all need to contact all the local Chambers of Commerce and the Monterey Visitors & Travel Bureau, and anyone else we might think could get the word out. I am sending this photo and description to our County supervisor, MoCo Public Works, and Cal Trans. TOUR BUSES CANNOT MAKE IT ACROSS NACIMIENTO RD.




Highway Closure, 10/23, part 2

Here are two photos which show the closure moved to Ragged Point this morning and the pipes for the Elephant Trunk drainage modification going on this week.


As mentioned below, several weeks of miscellaneous work still remain at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Effective Monday, Oct. 30, there will be alternating lane closure Mondays through Thursdays from 7 am to 4 pm and Fridays from 7 am to 2 pm. Roadwork will consist of removing the falsework, followed by painting.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge opened on Friday, Oct. 13 at 1:10 pm following a heartfelt community event where dignitaries, media and various agencies were also invited to partake in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Final work will continue for several weeks but Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge now provides access to both locals and the public. There will be some weekdays that will require a lane closure consisting of one-way reversing traffic control.

REMINDER: Travelers still CANNOT access the entire length of Highway 1 from Carmel to Cambria but local businesses are open on both sides of Mud Creek and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.