Highway One to open at 10 am, 1/18/19

**UPDATE #5–TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

CALTRANS REOPENS TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HWY. 1 AT MUD CREEK/PAUL’S SLIDE

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data that the significant storms have passed in the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area. Caltrans Geotech, Maintenance Design and Maintenance crews assessed all areas within the closure limits yesterday.  Crews continue cleaning and clearing the roadway from slide activity (rocks and mud), especially at Mud Creek. See photos below. Highway 1, including Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will fully reopen at 10 am today, Friday, Jan. 18.

Motorists will encounter a flagging operation today with one-way reversing traffic control at the south end of Mud Creek to allow for Caltrans to continue roadwork in this area.

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

(These photos are from a couple of days ago and previously published yesterday.)

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

**UPDATE #4–TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

CALTRANS CONTINUES WITH TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HWY. 1 WITH EXTENDED CLOSURE LIMITS THAT INCLUDE MUD CREEK/PAUL’S SLIDE

 

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.

 

Storm & Road Conditions, 1/17/19

2 pm – about two hours ago, I asked Susana of Cal Trans for an idea about when we could expect an assessment of the road situation to be available. She informed me she hoped to hear in an hour. So far, no update.

REMINDER: As one motorist found out, tow trucks are not permitted within the closure area. This one was by Esalen.

1:50 PM 4 [8] NO TOW COMPANIES ABLE TO RESP, DUE TO ROAD CLOSURES ON SR1

 

Highway Closure Update

First two are Paul’s Slide, last one is Mud Creek.

Per CHP Website (FYI 10-10 is off duty)

Incident:  00256   Type:    CLOSURE of a Road   Location:   Sr1 / Fullers Pt  Loc Desc:  FULLERS POINT, MM 42.15    Lat/Lon:  36.208375 -121.737859   
Detail Information
3:46 PM 2 [2] PER CT SUP, MAY SHUT RD DOWN HERE WHEN CREWS GO 1010
3:46 PM 1 [1] MODERATE RAIN AND FOG IN AREA

CALTRANS CONTINUES WITH TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HWY. 1 AT MUD CREEK/PAUL’S SLIDE

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data that the third and largest significant storm is forecast to reach the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area around mid-day today, Wednesday, Jan. 16.   Highway 1 at Mud Creek and Paul’s Slides will remain closed until further notice.

Heavy storm activity is forecast through Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17.

Businesses along Big Sur Coast Hwy. 1 remain open, 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 it is safe to be onsite againwe anticipate this to be on Friday morning, Jan. 18 or sooner if conditions allow. 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.

Storm & Road Conditions, 1/16/19

11:15 am – Big Sur Pfeiffer Campground closed due to wether and flooding concerns until Friday, 1/18. Big Sur Lodge remains open. Riverside Campground is also closed.

10:30 am – put off starting today’s fire, as it was quiet, and not too cold when I woke, but now the wind is picking up…sucking the heat out…and it is time. The storm is on its way and looks to include not just wind and rain but potential lightning, as well. I hear power is back to Big Sur Valley, finally. For how long is anyone’s guess. Stay warm, stay dry, and most of all, stay safe.

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Storm Report & Road Conditions, 1/15/19

3:35 just heard from 2 individuals that the power is out in Big Sur Valley.

Note: The USGS Big Sur River Discharge Rate website has been added to the links to the right, under 2018-2019 Storm Reports & Road Conditions. It isn’t bad right now, although rising, but tomorrow could be interesting.

Per Cal Trans this afternoon, the road is open to Lucia and the Hermitage from the north. Have no idea about the southern end.

11:15 am – Flash Flood Watch issued by NWS for the Santa Lucia Mountains & Los Padres National Forest, Southern Monterey Bay and the Big Sur Coast.

9:30 am – The South Coast, aka Slide Country, is getting hammered. Note, Mining Ridge rainfall totals have doubled in the last 5 hours! Here are the 24 hour totals:

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Cal Trans moved the closure to Ragged Point on the South and Deetjen’s on the North at approximately 6 pm last night. No indication any of the previously open sections have been cleared yet.

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4:00 am – as of 3 am, Mining Ridge and Three Peaks have each received almost 2” and Chalk Peak is up to 1.72” It was raining enough to wake me up just now.

Last night after dark, Cal Trans moved the closure to Ragged Point, so apparently, there is a problem BEFORE Mud Creek. Perhaps at Gray Slip, as I have been reporting?

5:56 PM  

 

 

[13] PER CT MOVED DOWN TO RAGGED POINT CLOSED OVER NIGHT AND WILL RE-ASSESS IN THE MORNING

 

 

Highway Closure beginning, until further notice

This is the closure in the map below. The only businesses accessible from Nacimiento-Fergusson Road are (N to S) Limekiln State Park, Kirk Creek Campground, Sand Dollar Beach, Plaskett Creek Campground, Treebones, and Gorda.

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**TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

CALTRANS ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HWY. 1 AT MUD CREEK/PAUL’S SLIDE

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data 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 Monday, Jan. 14 at Noon (12 PM) 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 (12 pm).Storm activity is forecast through Thursday, Jan. 17.

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 40-ft. length, 12-foot height, 60-ton weight, and 10 mph 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, 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—both are closing today. Please stay tuned for additional information when the roadway opens again. SEE ATTACHED CLOSURE MAP.

 

Highway will close 1/14/19 at noon

24-HOUR TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HIGHWAY 1 AT MUD CREEK/PAUL’S SLIDE

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data that a significant storm is in the forecast for this week including the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area.

This advisory is to inform the public to be prepared for preemptive closure of the roadway scheduled for Noon (12 PM) Monday, Jan. 14 due to a significant storm. A final notice will be sent just prior to the roadway closing. Caltrans will have our Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units on call and prepared to inspect/clean up during daylight hours when the storm ends and it is safe to be onsite again.

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. No one, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees will be allowed access until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

NOTE: These advisories apply only to the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas with each closure being treated separately–both locations will close at Noon (12 PM) on Monday, Jan. 14. Please stand by for additional information.

Area of closures:

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Mud Creek:

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Paul’s Slide:

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Beach Hazard Statement

In light of yesterday’s heartbreaking incident at Garrapata State Beach, I offer the following PSA announcement from NWS/NOAA

“Beach Hazards Statement in effect from 9 AM Sunday through late Sunday night for west to northwest facing beaches along the Central Coast from Sonoma County through Monterey County. There will be an increased risk of sneaker waves. Never turn your back to the ocean!”

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Search and Rescue at Garrapata State Beach today

Here are the photos taken by Brendon Shave. My understanding from information provided to me is that the young man is local, from Monterey and only 18 years old. He was with 3-4 other friends. As of this writing he has not been found, nor any body recovered. I had a ton of photos that I kept whittling down to these 11. It still takes a while to load.

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