While this is still an extremely active slide, and will be subject to close scrutiny this winter — by not just Cal Trans, but by Rock Knocker, Brendon, and me, also, Cal Trans is turning off the traffic lights and allowing two-way traffic for now.
Today’s Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HIGHWAY 1 AT PAUL’S SLIDE OPENS TO UNRESTRICTED TRAFFIC TODAY; DE-ACTIVATING EXISTING TRAFFIC SIGNAL BUT LEAVING HARDWARE IN PLACE
MONTEREY COUNTY – Construction at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6), about 25 miles south of Big Sur, has been completed so the temporary traffic signal in place since the winter of 2017 is being turned off but will remain in case it needs to be activated, Caltrans officials announced today.
Although a major slope cut has been completed, Paul’s Slide remains an active landslide and continues to be closely monitored.
Paul’s Slide, near Limekiln State Park, suffered major storm damage in January 2017, losing part of its embankment including the southbound lane and closing for several months. Highway 1 there has been operating under one-way control with a temporary traffic signal for over two years.
John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo was the contractor for this repair project. Having the traffic signal turned off but still in place at Paul’s Slide will ensure a safer environment for all travelers.
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 may call the District 5 Public Affairs Office at (805) 549-3318 or visit our website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5.