Construction, Hurricane Point to Rocky Creek Bridge

Today’s Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

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 (805) 549-3189



BIG SUR – A construction project to widen shoulders on the existing roadway and upgrade the guardrail had been postponed due to inclement weather but is scheduled to begin Monday, March 18 along State Route 1 between Hurricane Point and Rocky Creek Bridge in Big Sur, Caltrans officials announced today.

Roadwork consists of both daytime and overnight work, consisting of one-way reversing traffic control. Details are as follows:

Overnight work

Daytime work

NOTE: Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 20 minutes. Although work includes daytime and overnight work, crews are working with the school buses to ensure flow of traffic. Electronic message signs will be posted alerting the traveling public of this project.

The contractor for this $3 million construction project is Granite Construction Co. of Santa Clara, CA and should complete this summer.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when

driving through highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in

Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or

Can visit our website at:



Tourist Tuesday, 3/12/19

I know I am quite late today. I plead DST and sun. Perfect day to strip the bed and wash the sheets and comforter. As I have said before, my house and I are solar powered, and with the sun being my dryer as well as running my washer, it has been hard to get the bed stripped this month. I may be missing in action this week, while I enjoy the sunshine until the storms come in next week and stay around until the end of the month. I know you all understand. I so needed this break in the rain.

I am reading this book, along with several others of varying subjects and types, and will be sharing bits and pieces of it as it moves me.


Upcoming Road Work

Highway 1: Paul’s Slide, Big Sur: Re-opened
Highway 1 at Paul’s Slide re-opened on March 7, 2019.

Highway 1: Mud Creek, Big Sur: Re-opened on March 8
Highway 1 at Mud Creek re-opened on March 8, 2019

Highway 1: Mud Creek – Carmel River Bridge, Big Sur: March 11 – March 14
A moving lane closure will occur on Highway 1 between Mud Creek and the Carmel River Bridge for vegetation spraying from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Highway 1: Rocky Creek Bridge, Big Sur: March 11 – March 15
One-way traffic controls will be in place on Highway 1 at the Rocky Creek Bridge for work on the bridge from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Highway 1: Vincente Creek Bridge, Big Sur: March 13 – March 15
One-way traffic controls will be in place on Highway 1 at the Vincente Creek Bridge due to work on the bridge from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Work hours on Friday will be 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway 1: Carmel Valley Road – Rio Road, Carmel: March 14 – March 16
One lane closure will occur on southbound Highway 1 between Carmel Valley Road and Rio Road for electrical work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project Resumes: March 14 – April 14
Work to create a Climbing Lane at Highway 1 and Rio Road was completed late last summer, but some additional needs for the area were postponed in consideration of the tourist travel season.  That additional work will begin next week.

The project will include the area from the Carmel Valley Road turn lane to just south of Rio Road on Highway 1.  Traffic will be impacted during the project due to lane closures.  Crews will be on site seven days a week during this project to expedite the work.

This project will have two phases:

3/14/19 to 4/14/19:

Work crews will be replacing the signal mast arm at Highway 1 and Carmel Valley Road.   One of the southbound left turn pocket lanes onto Carmel Valley Road will be closed to traffic during construction.  Project site work hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

4/1/19 to 4/14/19:

Crews will be working on drainage improvement, adding an asphalt berm and signal light shields at Highway 1 and Rio Road.  The right turn pocket and one northbound through lane will be closed during construction.  Project work hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. five days a week.

Photos showing the impacted areas can be found on the Monterey County – RMA Climbing Lane Project webpage:

Monterey County RMA-Public Works will provide weekly updates about this project.  Residents or commuters who may be affected by this work can be included in an email information list to receive alerts about the project.  Contact Maia Carroll, Communications Coordinator, at

Mud Creek to open by 3:30 today

Photos 1 and 2 of Mud Creek show grouting the cracks to minimize water intrusion and slide displacement above the roadway looking north. Photo 3: shows Paul’s Slide huge boulder before it’s blasted and 4) Video of boulder blasting at Paul’s Slide.


Today’s Date: March 8, 2019 at 11:30 am

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 — 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 again earlier today. Contractor and Caltrans crews have been busy clearing slide material, repairing and paving the roadway to make it traversable for public traffic. As a result, Highway 1 at Mud Creek will re-open today, Friday, March 8 by 3:30 pm; Hwy. 1 at Paul’s Slide re-opened yesterday. (See photos attached). Motorists may encounter traffic control at Mud Creek over the weekend.

NOTE: Our maintenance crews will monitor this location over the weekend and notify us if the movement accelerates or site conditions change. In which case, an update will be provided.

Thanks to the Big Sur community and coastal travelers for their cooperation and patience.

Susana Z. Cruz, Caltrans District 5, Public Information Officer

California Film Commission and Bixby Bridge

Date: March 7, 2019 at 11:12:21 PST
To: Klosterman, Eric

Thank you for your response.

Fyi the most recent construction vs film use of Hwy 1 scheduling conflict was this week, which also included completely barring visitor access to the Bixby Bridge viewing turnout & OCR parking area, enforced by numerous CHP personnel. So while your assurances are welcome they do not match my experience on the ground.

Martha  Diehl
from my smart-alec phone

On Mar 7, 2019, at 09:20, Klosterman, Eric wrote:

Hi Martha,

Thanks for your requests.  The California Film Commission, together with Caltrans and the Monterey County Film Commission, has been working to address the concerns of residents in the Big Sur/Bixby Bridge area of Monterey County.  We have long had a moratorium in place during the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day on filming requests that involve any kind of traffic control.

Caltrans does not allow productions to take over exclusive use of turnouts.  Caltrans is the permitting agency for filming on State highways, so they are always in the loop and their local engineers advise the permit office of any planned roadwork that might interfere with or exacerbate filming impacts.  I know of one occasion where the maintenance department of Caltrans didn’t let the traffic engineer who approves permits know about some work they were planning until after he had approved the film permit.  Caltrans has put procedures in place to avoid that happening again.

Monterey County Film Commission is notified with a draft copy of every CFC permit application for Monterey County and can communicate other local events to us that may conflict with proposed filming activity.

We work with the CHP to make local patrol officers assigned to film shoots aware of the needs of the community and insure they do not hold traffic longer than is permitted.  CHP will always suspend filming activities if emergency vehicles need to get through.

We are not issuing permits for helicopter filming below 1000 feet at Bixby Bridge at the present time.  Drone operators who are permitted to operate over the Caltrans right of way are required to follow all FAA regulations.  The FAA has jurisdiction over all aircraft once they are in the air.  Property owners, including State and local governments can set rules for take offs and landings from their property so as to insure public safety.

We take all the issues you raise into consideration with each permit application.  We are exploring with Caltrans other measures we can take in the permitting process to minimize the impact and frequency from filming.  We continue to work with all the stakeholders to develop guidelines that are responsive to their needs.

Eric Klosterman, Permit Department Manager, California Film Commission

Paul’s Slide to open at 5 pm, Mud Creek remains closed

And if you are wondering why Mud Creek is closed? Well here you go: That crack is 5’ deep!


And for another view:


Today’s Date: March 7, 2019 at 12:15 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 —Highway 1 at Paul’s Slide (PM MON 21.6) will re-open by 5 pm today, Thursday, March 7. Hwy. 1 will continue to be closed at Mud Creek (PM 8.9) 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 — Assessments and cleaning continues at both sites. Crews are currently clearing perched boulders and catchment areas and will have Paul’s Slide open by 5PM today, Thursday, March 7. The movement at the southern conform at Mud Creek has slowed down; paving is planned for the displaced area tomorrow to make it traversable for public traffic.  We tentativelyplan to reopen Mud Creek by 5 PM tomorrow, Friday, March 8—dependent on: site conditions, continued displacement, and progress. When Mud Creek re-opens, our maintenance crews will monitor this location over the weekend and notify us if the movement accelerates or site conditions change. Assessments of the roadway conditions and progress will continue to take place in the morning tomorrow, Friday, March 8. Caltrans’ goal is to open the roadway as quickly and safely as possible and our staff remains on-call 24/7. (PLEASE REFER TO PICTURES OF BOTH SLIDE AREAS, AERIAL OF SOUTHERN APPROACH TO MUD CREEK AND VIDEO OF MUD CREEK BOULDER COMING DOWN, ATTACHED).

The gates on either side of Paul’s Slide will re-open at 5 pm today, Thursday, March 7. The gates on either side of Mud Creek will remain closed until further notice. 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.

 An update will be provided by noontime tomorrow, Friday, March 8th.