Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge to open END of day on Friday, 10/13/17

First, an editorial comment: I suspect, but have not been told, that END of day is in order to facilitate the dignitaries who will be here for a photo op ribbon cutting ceremony. There is also a rumor that a certain local bartender may be planning a keg party in the middle of the bridge, further delaying the opening. He may have been kidding, but not sure, knowing him. 😘

Photos: 1- of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from Tuesday, Sept. 19. 2- of Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—signal installation in place Sept. 27. 3-4 of Pfeiffer Canyon (PM 45.52) Drainage Installation and Abutment 2 Reinforcement. The following You Tube video shows pouring the concrete deck for the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. 11pm-2:30am when this video was shot. The pour lasted from Friday night Sept. 22 until Saturday afternoon, September 23, 2017. Video courtesy of Kyle Evans for Caltrans.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Tuesday, Oct. 3

The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) will open to public near end of the day on Friday, Oct. 13 with details to follow, assuming there will be no issues involving weather/material/equipment. After the bridge opening, Highway 1 in Monterey County will provide 35 additional miles of Hwy. 1 for travelers to Gorda (PM 10). State Route 1 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.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
Final work to continue for several weeks but Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge will provide access to both locals and the public by 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 13, assuming there will be no issues involving weather/material/equipment. There will be some weekdays that will require a lane closure consisting of one-way reversing traffic control but once the bridge opens, it won’t need to fully close. More details to come about the ribbon-cutting event.

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. 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 one-way reversing traffic control with flaggers has been replaced by a traffic signal installed Thursday, Sept. 28 and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline.
Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.
Susana Z. Cruz nature-flower-blue-motif[1]
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Officer


7 thoughts on “Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge to open END of day on Friday, 10/13/17

  1. Kate,

    What could be more fitting in Big Sur for a reopening celebration for PCB on Friday the 13th?

  2. The foliage colors along the N-F Road are nice…but the novelty of the long drive is wearing off. Thank you diligent bridge workers.

  3. Residents getting home should be the only priority !

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. I would presume that OCR will reopen when the national forest does, slated for 12/4 I believe. It has been nice to have just foot traffic and the occasional bike back here. Not a whole lot of reason to need to drive OCR, aside from the ranchers.

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