Mary Adams’s response to today’s traffic SNAFU

Thank you, Mary, for listening to your constituents.

”We are trying to get to the bottom of today’s horrendous traffic situation on State Route 1 south of Carmel. A car accident, shoulder clean up work at the Carmel River Bridge causing drivers to slow and look, increased summer southbound traffic, the Big Little Lies movie trailers at Marathon Flats, and the additional Caltrans work and lane closure at Monastery Beach all contributed to the already impacted construction zone.

In response to today, CalTrans will not be doing any additional work at Monastery this week as had been originally scheduled. They will continue to perform highway pavement maintenance at Otter Cove tomorrow and at Soberanes on Thursday. If you are south of either of these two locations, we recommend getting through these areas before 8 am.

Additionally, there will be filming at Monastery Beach this Thursday, June 14. Caltrans, the permitting agency, has told us the project is not expected to impact traffic flow and will take place on the beach. Parking will be at the meadow adjacent to the Bay School and seven spaces to the north end of the beach.

Our office is continuing to seek ways to expedite the Climbing Lane Construction project. We are urging the county to invest in night work and extended shifts. Please continue to reach out to us with questions. We share your concerns and are working diligently to reduce the impacts of this work. Our office can be reached at 831-647-7755 or by email at

Together, we will get through this!”

And yet ANOTHER traffic issue this week…filming.

I have written to the Cal Trans permit coordinator, and let him know that this was absolutely nuts due to the CT work schedule this week. I even went so far as to ask if he had even READ the schedule? I remember being told NO permits would be issued between Memorial Day and Labor Day for any filming. Here it is – please don’t shoot the messenger, but I will include an email for the guy who approved this below, so that any of you can write him.

THURSDAY, 6/14/18

Possible Worlds LLC will be filming for 1/2 day at Carmel River Monastery Beach.

Posted parking will be in place along Hwy. 1 from 6 AM to 3 PM for a handful of working vehicles.

Additional vehicles will park off-site north of the beach, in the State Parks meadow just past the now-closed Bay School.

Filming activities will not impact the roadway but CHP will be present to assist in safety and assure smooth traffic flow.

Filming should be concluded by 12 Noon.

At that time, most vehicles will move to the Grimes Ranch property at Palo Colorado.

3 large trucks will park in a pullout on the west side of Highway 1.

This pullout is located 1,000 feet south of Hwy 1 and Palo Colorado Road.

This parking will not impact any sight lines for resident vehicles entering or exiting Palo Colorado Road.

This parking will be in place from 6 AM to 9 PM each day, Thurs. 6/14 thru Sat. 6/16/18.

Remaining work vehicles will park well off the highway, on Grimes Ranch property on the east side of Hwy 1.

From 11 AM to 8 PM, 9 vehicles will park in reserved spaces near the entrance to Garrapata Beach.

They will be positioned at the very north end of the large pullout on the west side of Hwy 1.

Filming likely will conclude in the late afternoon.

Once finished, the company will consolidate at Grimes Ranch and work there.


In the morning from 6 AM to 3 PM, 9 vehicles will park in reserved spaces in a pullout at Garrapata Bluffs, located at mile marker 66.5.

Once this has concluded, the company will consolidate at Grimes Ranch and work there.


All filming will take place on Grimes Ranch property.

Bryan Parker:


Highway One Traffic Backup, 6/11/18

Between the Rio Rd. Climbing lane construction, and the noticed work at Monastery Beach, traffic NB – going in to Carmel – is backed up to Yankee Point this morning, and it is taking 20 minutes to travel 1 mile, per Rob Wilks who sent this photo just now (11:15 am)


Just a reminder of what I posted two days ago:

Highway 1 – Carmel: June 11 – June 14 
Caltrans will perform highway pavement maintenance on State Route 1 beginning Monday, June 11 – Thursday, June 14. Motorists can expect one-way reversing traffic control from 8 am until 4 pm in the following locations:


Highway Closure Update, 6/11/18





Aerial photo of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from Sunday, June 3, courtesy of John Madonna. Three pictures of Post Ranch Rockery Repair (PM 44.9) from Friday, June 8.

 HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, June 11

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. Caltrans will continuously evaluate the opening date as work progresses so we anticipate providing an update in July. It’s expected that even after the highway is re-open, intermittent lane closures and roadwork may continue. The updated current cost is at $54 million.

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

This week: No change from last week; work continues with the north fill, north cut and north berm with hilfiker retaining wall.

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.


Final items continue taking place. Post Ranch rockery repair was completed last week. No work scheduled for this week. Project is near completion.

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

The next update will be on Tuesday, June 19.