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 road areas within the closure limits earlier today. Contractor and Caltrans crews are busy cleaning and clearing slide material from the roadway. As a result, Highway 1 will remain closed to through traffic until tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4pm due to heavy mud and boulders on the roadway. However, section of Hwy. 1 at Mud Creek will fully reopen to thru traffic by 4 pm today, Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Motorists will encounter a flagging operation tomorrow with one-way reversing traffic control at Mud Creek to allow for Caltrans to continue roadwork in this area.
Thanks to the Big Sur community and coastal travelers for their cooperation and patience.
More pictures will follow as our crews onsite are out of cell service. An update is tentatively scheduled for mid-morning tomorrow, weather and progress dependent
…when I was going to Cal Poly to add a teacher’s credential to my repertoire. I went to it again in my time of need. Even though it had a “No camping, $200 fine” sign, it was a cold, dark, and stormy night…so I figured the chances were that no cops would be checking. If they did, I had the perfect defense….Necessity. Yes, it is a real defense, and I had it in spades. It was getting dark, the storm was already here. It was crazy to drive further with the rain and wind in a BIG box, so I stopped.
At 4:30 am, I woke, not because of the storm, but because I had to pee. Shortly after I woke, the storm hit full force – I mean full force. The rain was pulmetting the van – a metal box can cause the rain to amplify – and the wind was rocking it, literally. I was in a pull-out immediately adjacent to the ocean. The rain and wind were so strong that I thought the van was going to be flipped. Missy, my dog, and I were completely freaked out. At one point, I crawled into the driver’s seat to turn on the headlights to see what was going on because – this is hard to believe – I was questioning whether this was the storm, or whether I was being hit by monster waves. Yes, that’s how bad it was.
Once I found out it was just a monster storm, Missy and I settled in, awake, to wait for daybreak. We slept no more. We cuddled.
At daybreak, this is what I saw;
And so, I traveled onward and southward. (To be continued…)