If I am reading this correctly, the convoy will meet at the north end of Paul’s Slide, so those south of Mill Creek are sh** out of luck? That is where most of us live, so not sure who or how many this benefits? I am goingt to try to clarify.
From Cal Trans:
MONTEREY COUNTY – Caltrans is coordinating with the Monterey County Emergency Operations Center to schedule a resupply convoy on Highway 1 on Tuesday Jan. 24 and Friday Jan 27.
The convoys will depart from the north gate at Paul’s Slide (PM 22.5) at 8 am and travel to the north closure limit at Lime Creek (PM 32). The convoy will then turn around and head south back to the gate at Paul’s Slide.
The convoy will repeat this trip again, starting at the north gate of Paul’s Slide at 12 pm and 4 pm.
Residents are asked to wait at their driveways if they wish to join the convoy as it passes.
Again, these convoys will take place on Tuesday Jan. 24 and Friday Jan. 27, with starts at the north gate at Paul’s Slide at 8 am, 12 noon, and 4 pm.
If necessary, this effort will repeat the following week.
Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.
From Monterey County:
Portions of the Big Sur Community face long-term Isolation
The County of Monterey Department of Emergency Management in conjunction
with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Big Sur Fire Department, the California
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and the Big Sur community are working
on a plan to meet the needs of residents that are essentially cut-off from vital
services due to multiple landslides on State Highway 1.
In meetings with the County Department of Emergency Management team over
the last two days, Caltrans shared information regarding the closure of the
Highway 1 due to slides at three locations. These slide areas include Paul’s Slide
(Postmile 22 in Monterey County), the Mill Creek slide (PM 18 in Mon. Co.), and
the Polar Star slide (San Luis Obispo County, 24 miles south of Mill Creek).
Paul’s Slide has once again accelerated in response to the recent heavy rainfall. It
is unpredictable and the slope continues to adjust as the slide moves, causing
material to flow and rocks to roll into the roadway.
At Mill Creek, the saturated and over steepened slope is on the edge of stability
and appears to be approaching failure.
At Polar Star, rocks and soil are constantly falling from the temporary cut that was
made at the base in order to gain access for crews and equipment to remove the
slide material and correct drainage. The failure of the over steepened rock
material could occur at any time.
Currently there is no safe access through Paul’s Slide, Mill Creek, or Polar Star,
effectively isolating the Big Sur coast between the Polar Star slide, just south of
Ragged Point to and through Paul’s Slide.
Caltrans will be leading convoys of residents impacted by the slides by the HWY 1
slide closure north of Paul’s slide interior locked gate at mile marker 22.5 to the
north of the outer closure at mile marker 32.35. Convoy scheduled for Tuesday &
Friday at 8:00 am, 12 noon, and 4:00 pm.
Residents that are impacted by slides on HWY 1, between the Pauls slide and the
Mill Creek slide are able to use Nacimiento Fergusson Road on an emergency
basis. Residents south of the Mill Creek slide are not able to reach Nacimiento
Fergusson Road. The County, State, Big Sur Fire and local collaborators are
developing a plan to insure basic needs are met for all residents remaining in the
“Our concern is that this is going to be a prolonged closure and our top priority is
making sure people have access to essential services,” said Tracy Molfino, interim
manager of the Monterey Department of Emergency Management.
The County’s public information office is working to establish open lines of
communications with community groups to ensure people get access to vital
information. “The County is committed to providing timely and accurate
information to the residents and businesses in Big Sur to help manage this difficult
situation,” said Nick Pasculli, Chief Public Information Officer.
The County will utilize social media and email communications as well as the
county’s website to push information out to this community.
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Public Information Officer
Caltrans District 5
50 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo CA 93401