Bixby Bridge closure starts tonight



MONTEREY COUNTY – Starting tonight, Monday March 28, Highway 1 at the Bixby Bridge (PM 59.5) will close in both directions from 10 pm to 6 am. This is the first of four consecutive overnight closures of Highway 1 that will take place this week.

During the closure hours, a specialized crane and other heavy machinery will lower crews in a basket down to the bridge structure to effect repairs and conduct inspections.

The hours of the overnight closures will be from 10 pm to 6:00 am.

Highway 1 at Bixby Bridge will be closed:

Monday March 28              10 pm to 6 am

Tuesday March 29             10 pm to 6 am

Wednesday March 30        10 pm to 6 am

Thursday March 31            10 pm to 6 am

This schedule is weather dependent as rain or wind may affect the use of specialized equipment.

Note: Due to the use of a large crane and other heavy equipment on the bridge during the closure, the roadway would take at least 30 minutes to reopen for emergency vehicles.

Caltrans is working closely with the California Highway Patrol to coordinate traffic control and emergency response during closure hours.

In case of an emergency requiring travel across the Bixby Bridge during the hours of the closures, residents and all travelers are advised to call 911

There is no detour for this closure and traffic control will direct motorists to return along Highway 1 in the direction from which they came.

Message and directional signs will alert motorists in advance of the closure area.

These closures are necessary for contracted maintenance crews to perform repairs and inspections on the bridge support for the safety of all travelers.

Rain Report

The wind and rain kept me awake. It was so glorious and I was so excited, it was 1 am before I finally crashed — like a kid at Christmas time. Hoping for more today, which we are expecting as the flash flood watch has been extended until 8 pm. Lightning possible this afternoon.

Final tally as of 8:30 am:

For this afternoon, per NOAA:

As noted below, the bigger story for this afternoon will be thunderstorm chances. The low off the coast has instability associated with it as noted by the ongoing lightning on NLDN and GLM. NUCAPs sounding data also shows CAPE values >than 200 J/kg. Hi-res models and ensemble data (NBM thunder) all
suggest a chance for thunderstorms this afternoon, especially south of the Golden Gate, as the surface low moves inland. Current forecast has this potential hazard captured well and as a result a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect.