Highway One continues to be closed, 1/17/19

Photos of most active slides during these storms: Mud Creek, Paul’s Slide, Cow Cliffs, JPB Vista and Extended Closure Map are all attached. (Ed note: Cow Cliffs is generally below Mining Ridge, which received the greatest rainfall of any place reported by NWS Bay Area at over 10” in 48 hours.) First two are Mud Creek,  next 3 are Paul’s Slide, then Cow Cliffs, then up by JPB Turnout.02c55a00-6bc1-42ed-acf1-4316116dfaab275ca98a-e9b5-4740-aa5c-a8115860758965e4ef8f-4e17-4450-8fbd-d6f3b59651685aba8dc3-3b01-40e9-bbaf-e9adce22c2883fa66d54-c1bd-4c33-bdaf-523b1e7ef402cbcbcf85-b428-4a7e-8e19-649229be14387aa91f1b-6e20-49e9-9956-c12f157d25e2eb148465-ccb0-4209-8a22-42254aae129a 

Today’s Date: January 17, 2019 at 3:15 pm

District:            05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa

Cruz Counties

Contact:          Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones

Phone:            (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189






MONTEREY COUNTY —The limits of the closure of Highway 1 will continue from Ragged Point (PM SLO 72.87) to the south and were extended yesterday north from Paul’s Slide (PM MON 21.6)

to Deetjen’s/Fullers (MON PM 42) due to heavy rainfall and significant slide activity in the area.  Highway 1 will remain closed between these two locations until further notice.


Businesses along the Big Sur Coast on Hwy. 1 remain open and are accessible via Hwys. 101, 68 and 46.


Caltrans’ Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units are on call and prepared to inspect/clean up when the storm ends during the daylight hours and when it is safe to be onsite again—Crews inspected all areas earlier today and found various slides along the Hwy. 1 limits. Caltrans maintenance crews and contractor John Madonnaare performing herculean efforts to repair and clear the roadway as quickly as possible—please refer to attached photos from today. A final assessment of the roadway conditions and progress is anticipated to take place in the morning tomorrow, Friday Jan. 18. 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. Please stay tuned for additional information when the roadway opens again. SEE ATTACHED CLOSURE MAP.


An update will be provided mid-morning tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 18th.


4 thoughts on “Highway One continues to be closed, 1/17/19

  1. Mud Crk doesn’t look too bad from the pics. Paul’s Slide fencing sure didn’t hold up, maybe if it was like the Cow Cliff’s fencing it would have done better, but who knows, it looks like some stuff found its way under the fencing there too. I sure do hope they get this gated road open, at least one of the lanes, which we’re all used to driving in the rain, right, locals???

    Matters not to me, I’m going over Naci, like I had to do Monday night to take the dog to the vet for stitches. Thank goodness Naci was fine both ways! I don’t know what happened to it with the high winds of last night.

  2. I drove past cow cliffs yesterday afternoon on my way to work, and there was one boulder that bounced over the fencing, put a giant hole in the highway and then took out the guardrail on its way down to the ocean! Pretty impressive.

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