Highway One is closed to thru traffic

Photo Below, Rat Creek by Heath Johnston, Supervisor, Cal Trans Big Sur Station

It washed out at Rat Creek, at Mile Marker 30, south of Esalen, on Thursday, 1/28/21. The current estimate for opening to through traffic is April 30, 2021. I am asked hundreds of times during slides where the slide is in relation to something else. The link immediately following the photo will answer that question for you.

7 am, 1/29/21 Photo by Heath Johnston

Interactive Highway Map with Mile Markers and slide names is to the right, under “Pages” first one *Big Sur Interactive Maps… if the following link doesn’t work. *Big Sur Interactive Slide Maps will answer any questions you may have about where something is in relation to something else.

There is a fascinating historical study of the road closures of Highway One in Big Sur contacted for by Cal Trans in 2000. It is well worth your time. History of Road Closures in Big Sur

Also, just a reminder that there is an entire page devoted to the history and information about Highway One. Here is the link: https://bigsurkate.blog/history-info-on-highway-one/

Highway 1 is gone

I just confirmed with Heath Johnstong, Cal Trans Supervisor for the Big Sur Station that indeed the Highway at Rat Creek has given way. I posted this photo from Dave Nelson this morning and it was quite concerning to me then. For those who don’t know where Rat Creek is, there is a mileage marker link to the right, under *Big Sur Road Conditions. Please check there before you ask me.

This is the photo Heath just posted to my FB page:

BY HEATH JOHNSTON, CAL TRANS, THIS EVENING
BY HEATH JOHNSTON, CAL TRANS
PHOTO BY JON KNIGHT, BIG SUR FIRE, THIS EVENING
BY DAVE NELSON THIS MORNING
BY DAVE NELSON, THIS MORNING

Storm Report, 1/28/21

Nacimiento-Fergusson road and Del Venturi on FHL

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Josh Wilson cleaning off Sycamore Canyon, photo by Marcus Foster

Report from the Indians:

We’ve had 17.4” since Tuesday eve

Here is pic of Milpitas Rd at Sycamore Creek just past road 5

Cheers, Jon Libby 

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Just 3 miles north of Rat Creek at MM 33 this is happening. First shot is yesterday before Cal Trans came through. The others are today.

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Rat Creek not looking good. Photos by Dave Nelson. That is Highway One it is flowing over.

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Carmel Lagoon. Photos by Rob B

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This is Cambria, which is a mess. Windsor Rd is flooded, the bridge is flooded, Burton, Ardath, Lodge Hill, many areas flooded or roads flooded. Below is Main St. And that looks like the Main St. Grill across the street. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

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This is the crossing at Sycamore Flats, photos by Peter Garin

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Cal Trans will have lane closures next week on Highway 1. Here is the notice:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 IN CARMEL AND MONTEREY SUBJECT TO LANE CLOSURES TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY NEXT WEEK

MONTEREY COUNTY – Highway 1 in Carmel and Monterey will be subject to lane closures Tuesday through Thursday next week as Caltrans crews conduct maintenance work necessary to protect motorists over winter driving months.

Tuesday Feb. 2

Southbound Highway 1 in Carmel, the #2 (right) lane between Carmel Valley Rd. and Third Avenue, will be closed from 8:30 am and 2:30 pm for crews to conduct storm drainage cleaning.

Wednesday Feb. 3

Northbound Highway 1 in Monterey, the #2 (right) lane between Third Ave. and the Holman Hwy. offramp, will be closed from 8:30 am and 2:30 pm for storm drainage cleaning.

Thursday Feb. 4

Highway 1 in the Carmel Highlands at Highland Dr. will be subject to one-way traffic control in both directions from 8:30 amand 2:30 pm for crews to remove dead trees.

Motorists can expect delays of up to five minutes. CHP will be on hand to assist with traffic control. Message and directional signs will be in place to assist motorists traveling in the area.

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6 am — I breathed a deep sign of relief when the wind stopped suddenly at 9:30 pm last night. Allowed a solid 7 hours of sleep, thankfully.

Still gathering data, but there is a hard closure on the 101 NB at Camphora Gloria due to flooding. There are houses being flooded at the Carmel River lagoon, Flood Warnings issued until 10 pm tonight for burn areas and other parts of the county,. And Chalk Peak is sitting at 8,23” for this last 24 hours.

Here are some photos of Highway 1 taken by Cal Trans yesterday. What a gooey mess.

More information throughout the day as I get it. Stay safe everyone.