Intermittent Traffic Control on Highway 1

Date:Thursday, January 27, 2022
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




MONTEREY COUNTY – Travelers on Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast can expect to encounter traffic control at various locations due utility work necessary as part of the follow up to the Colorado Fire, and due to planned construction and emergency repairs.

Travelers can expect intermittent delays of up to 5 minutes through Monday Jan. 31 at Palo Colorado Canyon (PM 61.5), at times when PG&E needs to carry equipment by helicopter across the highway to effect repairs to utility infrastructure.

Caltrans inspections have revealed no areas of concern to the roadway or any bridge structures as a result of the Colorado Fire. An emergency contract to repair damaged drainage facilities will be begin next week with details to follow in the coming days.

Travelers can also expect one-way traffic control at the Little Sur River (PM 55.8) for retaining wall construction, and at Garrapata Creek Bridge (PM 63) for work with bridge rehabilitation, with daytime and weekday delays of up to 10 minutes.

One-way traffic control with a 24/7 temporary signal system is in place at Granite Canyon Bridge (PM 64.4) for bridge rehabilitation work, with delays of up to 10 minutes.

Notwithstanding these areas of traffic control, travelers will find that Highway 1 remains fully accessible from the Monterey Peninsula, through Big Sur, and south to Cambria and Morro Bay.

Travelers are advised to give themselves extra time when travelling this scenic byway.

Message and directional signs will be in place to alert travelers in the area.

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at:

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