Highway closes at noon today, 11/28/18

UPDATE: This is the rather impressive storm coming in from the GOES Satellite, and the expected rainfall amounts through tomorrow at 4 am. (Scroll down for Highway closure update.)




MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from the National Weather Service (NOAA) that a significant storm has reached the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area and will close Highway 1 at Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 12 noon until further notice.

 The closure initiation process will begin at 10 am with Electronic Message Signs activated and both sets of gates (Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide) closed by noon. Storm activity is forecast through tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 29.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. (PM 18.9) is the alternate route to reach Hwy. 1 between Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide. However, there is a 12-foot height restriction at one of the bridges along this route. Please feel free to check with Fort Hunter-Liggett for more updated information on their road at: https://www.facebook.com/FortHunterLiggett.

Caltrans’ Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units are on call and prepared to inspect/clean up when the storm ends during the daylight hours and it is safe to be onsite again—we anticipate this to be Friday morning, Nov. 30. Caltrans’ goal is to open the roadway as quickly and safely as possible and our staff remains on-call 24/7.

The gates on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will be key locked. These gates will not be manned when the highway is closed and there will be no access to anyone, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

NOTE: This advisory applies only to the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas with each closure being treated separately—both are closing today. Please stay tuned for additional information when the roadway opens again. SEE ATTACHED CLOSURE MAP.

3 thoughts on “Highway closes at noon today, 11/28/18

  1. Today’s storm was a bunch of nothing!! Hwy could have been open , PV School could have had more students attend and tourists could have gotten to their destination, if they knew how not to run over rocks. This ” Preemptive Closure” of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide is for the birds!! Maybe tonight & tomorrow’s storm will amount to something and save face for the almighty decision makers.

  2. with you about yesterday Little Philly, but eh, decent overnight. I’d call that a 2 or a 3 on the 10-scale of ‘storms’. I received just a skosh over 3 inches so the forecast was correct. anyway, thankful for the rain. if we can just get our rains in manageable doses like that game on !

  3. The overnight total for me was 3.25 and it’s still spitting. Happy to have the fire danger gone, just don’t like my travel options taken out of my hands. If I eat those words down the line, so be it!

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