Highway 1 to remain closed for emergency repairs

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 3:45 pm
District:05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact:Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 ON THE BIG SUR COAST TO REMAIN CLOSED

FOR EMERGENCY REPAIRS

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast will remain closed between Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County and Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn in Monterey County (44.6 miles) while emergency rockfall and debris removal take place.

Caltrans today initiated a $1.3 million emergency contract with Papich Construction for rockfall removal and repair of the rockfall system at Cow Cliffs (PM 28.2), slide and debris removal at Paul’s Slide (PM 22), and repairs to damage at the Caltrans Willow Springs maintenance station (PM 10.4). Crews have mobilized and work will continue tomorrow morning at these locations.

Despite 12 inches of rain in 24 hours at some of the peaks, most portions of Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast fared well during the recent rain event, including those affected by the January 2021 storm.

Assessments of the closure area of Highway 1 will continue to take place during daylight hours and when safe to do so prior to any modification of the closure parameters. Decisions on modifying the closure parameters will be made on a day to day basis and will be informed by these field assessments.

This closure of Highway 1 will continue to extend from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County to Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn in Monterey County. 

Ragged Point is located 1.45 miles south of the SLO/Monterey County line:

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Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn is located in Monterey County at Post Mile 42.1:

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Barricades, cones, as well as message and directional signs will be in place at both ends of the closure to alert motorists traveling in the area. 

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Damaged Netting at Cow Cliffs 12.14.21

K-Rail at Paul’s Slide 12.14.21

Boulders in Roadway, Big Sur Coast 12.14.21

All Evac warnings lifted

WHEN: December 14, 2021 effective immediately

WHERE: Evacuation Warnings Lifted:
• Pine Canyon Rd, Salinas CA, including: Trimble Hill, Mesa Rd, Manzanita Way, Wildwood Way, Redding Dr, Belmont Circle, and the southwest end of Berry Drive. 
• Limekiln Rd, Salinas CA
• 800 Block of River Rd, Salinas CA
• Dolan Fire Burn Scar

WHAT: The Flash Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the River Fire, Carmel Fire, and Dolan Fire Burn Scars has expired. The County of Monterey has lifted the Evacuation Warnings for areas of River Road in Salinas, CA and the Dolan Fire Burn Scar.

NOTE: Highway 1 is closed at Deetjen’s Big Sur Resort (Postmile 42.1) and Ragged Point will remain closed until further notice. 

SAFETY MESSAGE: The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current incident conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures. If at any time you feel unsafe, please call 9-1-1.

Translation/Traducción:  https://bit.ly/3DPNsSVClick here for more information on this alert.

Evacuation Order downgraded to warning

Tuesday December 14, 2021, 10:12 AMMonterey County Office of Emergency ServicesThis is an update of a previous messageAdvisory: Debris Flow Evacuation Order Downgraded to Warning For Areas Of River RoadDear Nixle User,WHEN: December 14, 2021 effective immediately WHERE: Evacuation Warning: • Pine Canyon Rd, Salinas CA, including: Trimble Hill, Mesa Rd, Manzanita Way, Wildwood Way, Redding Dr, Belmont Circle, and the southwest end of Berry Drive. • Limekiln Rd, Salinas CA • 800 Block of River Rd, Salinas CA • Dolan Fire Burn Scar WHAT: According to the National Weather Service an Atmospheric River will be impacting Monterey County from Sunday evening, 12/12/2021 to Tuesday morning, 12/14/2021. The Flash Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the River Fire, Carmel Fire, and Dolan Fire Burn Scars has expired. Due to the possibility of smaller localized rain events, the County of Monterey has downgraded the Evacuation Order for areas of River Road in Salinas, CA to an Evacuation Warning; the Evacuation Warning for the Dolan Fire Burn Scar remains in place. Properties and people located below or downstream of the burn areas are at an increased risk for flooding and debris flows. Areas that have experienced increased runoff, flooding, debris, and/or mudflows since the fires in August 2020 will likely experience similar or worsened impacts. Please remain vigilant and be aware of any land movement. If weather patterns change or land movement occurs, additional evacuation warnings or orders may be issued. If you are concerned about your safety or feel that your life is threatened, leave the area; do not wait for officials to tell you to do so. NOTE: Highway 1 will be closed at Deetjen’s Big Sur Resort (Postmile 42.1) and Ragged Point will remain closed until further notice. SAFETY MESSAGE: The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current incident conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closure and any evacuation warnings. The weather forecast anticipates high winds and potential for downed trees. Residents should exercise caution when leaving their homes during the storm. If at any time you feel unsafe, please call 9-1-1. Translation/Traducción https://bit.ly/3s687zG
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