TAMC report for next week

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 24 – newest information is in red.Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent. 

Highway 1: Ragged Point, Big Sur: August – September  
Highway 1 will be closed from north of the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge to south of the Ragged Point Inn during the evenings from 9 pm until 5 amThese overnight FULL highway closures will occur, Sunday night through Friday morning to allow for the construction of the foundation of a viaduct. Emergency vehicles and local residents will maintain access during these overnight closures. Motorists will also encounter one-way reversing traffic control within the project limits,  Monday – Friday, from 5 am –  until 4 pm.

Highway 1: San Luis Obispo County Line – Lime Creek Bridge, Big Sur:  Aug.19– Aug.22   
One lane closure and one-way traffic controls will be in place along northbound and southbound Highway 1 between the San Luis Obispo County Line and Lime Creek Bridge for mowing work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highway 1: Bixby Creek Bridge – Hurricane Point: August 19 – August 21  
One – way traffic controls will be in place on northbound and southbound Highway 1 between  the Bixby Creek Bridge and Hurricane Point for slope repair work along the highway from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway 1: Rocky Creek Viaduct –  Hurricane Point: August 22 – August 23  
One – way traffic controls will be in place on northbound and southbound Highway 1 between  the Rocky Creek Viaduct and Hurricane Point for guardrail repair work along the highway from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway 1: Carmel – Santa Cruz County Line: August 18 – August 24
Alternating lane closures and intermit ramp closures will occur along northbound and southbound Highway 1 between Carpenter Street in Carmel and the Santa Cruz County Line for striping work on the road and ramps; and one-way traffic controls will be in place on portions of the highway between Highway 156, the Elkhorn Slough Bridge and the Santa Cruz County Line, in the evenings, Sunday  – Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Highway 68: Pacific Grove – Monterey: August 20 – August 23   
One nighttime lane closure and one-way traffic controls will be in place along eastbound and westbound Highway 68 between Piedmont Avenue and Highway 1 for drainage work in the evenings, Tuesday – Thursday, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Highway 101: East Market Street – Boronda Road, Salinas: July 23 – August 22   
Full-time ramp closures will occur along northbound and southbound Highway 101 between East Market Street and Boronda Road for the first phase of ramp reconstruction work at the following locations beginning Tuesday, July 23 through Thursday, August 22:

  • The northbound US 101 off-ramp to North Main Street will be closed Tuesday, July 23 through Monday, August 12.  Motorists may detour by using West Laurel Drive to North Main Street.
  • The southbound US 101 off-ramp to East Market Street will be closed beginning Monday, July 29 through Friday, August 16. Motorists may use John Street to northbound US 101 to the off-ramp at East Market Street.
  • The northbound US 101 on-ramp at North Main Street will be closed beginning Friday, August 2 through Thursday, August 22. Motorists may detour by continuing on North Main Street to West Laurel Drive to northbound US 101

Highway 101: Alta Street/Old Stage Road – Little Bear Creek Bridge, Salinas: Aug. 18 – 23  
Nighttime lane closures will occur along northbound and southbound Highway 101 between Alta Street/Old Stage Road and Little Bear Creek Bridge in Salinas for paving work on the roadway and ramps from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.    

Highway 101: Broadway Street  – Jolon Road, King City: August 19 – August 22
One lane closure and full ramp closures will occur northbound and southbound Highway 101 in King City between Broadway Street and Jolon Road for survey work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highway 101: San Antonio River Bridge: August 20
One lane closure will occur  along northbound Highway 101 at the San Antonio River Bridge in King City for tree work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Invisible Burden of Tourism, part 3

While we have been working through stakeholder meetings, Martha Diehl is one voice that keeps asking to start with collecting data. Fortunately for the rest of us, her voice is getting louder on this issue. Megan Epler Wood agrees with Martha when she says that local stakeholder meetings are insufficient because they are not discussions based on data that all can share and comprehend. Instead they are often led by angry and upset stakeholders trying to persuade other with opinions based on anecdotal information and with governmental agencies have no budgets to manage tourism’s impacts. “Neither the gurus nor the protesters are advancing approaches that are genuinely constructive because they are based on opinion and anecdotal information.” (Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet, p. 26.)

Thanks to the efforts of Lisa Kleissner, and her contacts in Hawaii, we have been able to obtain the surveys used by the UH for its own study on the Invisible Costs of Tourism. It will be easy to adapt them to our situation. It surveys both tourists and residents. We are looking for one that similarly surveys businesses. This can be the beginning of our data collection strategy, if we can work with cooperation from MCCVB and Monterey County to obtain the funds necessary to implement this data collection process.

Continuing on with the article that relies on Professor Epler Wood’s work found here: https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/07/how-these-top-travel-spots-are-making-tourism-pay-its-own-way/

While figures proclaiming the number of visitor arrivals or tourism jobs have become common yardsticks for assessing the health of a local tourism industry, the study finds that destination managers often ignore other vital metrics. 

Those include each individual traveler’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, wear and tear on local infrastructure, threats to biodiversity and demand for land and housing.

Failure to confront these hidden costs is starting to degrade the customs, culture, monuments, natural resources and other assets that make these destinations so appealing to visit in the first place.

In Barcelona, visitors swarm beaches and other beloved attractions, transforming places long loved by residents into virtual no-go zones for locals. Residents are being driven out of Venice as 30 million annual tourists bombard the Italian city, stampeding streets, sidewalks and canals and skyrocketing the price of rent. Poorly behaving tourists on Easter Island have made a mockery of the island’s indigenous culture, climbing on giant moai statues and posing with them for nose-picking photos

To turn this scenario on its head, governments and the travel industry must reinvest a higher percentage of tourism revenues into the destination, the study concludes. The first step toward achieving this requires destination managers to uncover the full cost of hosting each individual visitor. Only then can stakeholders figure out how to pay for those costs.

When such costs go ignored, the study finds that residents are forced to foot the bill. Or worse, the bill doesn’t get paid at all.

The idea is to make tourism pay its own way to the benefit of everyone.

To achieve this, the “Invisible Burden” study suggests local governments create a global trust or revolving fund account with apolitical leaders to finance the preservation of destination assets. (To be continued.)

Devil’s Wildfire

2:30 pm – Spotter plane has returned to Hollister, so that is good news. Means this was probably a false alarm, but boy were they on it immediately. That is good news.

One local firefighter said they are canceling all incoming. I don’t know what that means, so let’s just hold off on the panic and see what is going on.

From LPF Wildcad:

08/12/2019 13:30. LPF-1830
DEVILWildfireDevil’s Peak.BC12LPF CRW3LPF DIV1LPF DOZ3LPF E319LPF E335LPF E337LPF E342LPF 4X E41LPF HB-XFT HEL528LPF HEL530LPF PAT18LPF Q...36 23.298, -121 46.30218S R2E Sec 5.

This is the area on Google Earth:

Reminder – Overnight Closure of Highway One begins tonight

Today’s Date:  Monday, August 12, 2019

District:            05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa 

                         Cruz Counties

Contact:           Jim Shivers or Colin Jones

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 VIADUCT PROJECT IN RAGGED POINT TO RESULT IN FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Highway 1 will be closed from north of the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge to south of the Ragged Point Inn beginning Monday, August 12 during the overnight hours from 9 pm until 5 am.

These overnight full highway closures will continue each week, Sunday night through Friday morning to allow for the construction of the foundation of a viaduct. This work is anticipated to last up to four weeks. Emergency vehicles and local residents will maintain access during these overnight closures.

Motorists will also encounter one-way reversing traffic control within the project limits on Monday, August 12 from 5 am until 4 pm and from 6 am until 4 pm on Fridays.

These highway closures and traffic control is part of an emergency project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall on Highway 1 near Ragged Point.  

A temporary traffic signal is scheduled to be activated in late August or early September allowing traffic to proceed in each direction 24/7 until project completion.  Electronic message boards will alert the public.

The contractor for this $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA.  It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones. 

For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo County, 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

Grass Fire, Paso, JSO Neblick Bridge & 101 NB

Detail
3:03 PM8[14] 1039 MICAH FRM DOT 
2:58 PM7[13] B9-001B ADV DOT OF CLOSURE AND SEE IF THEY CAN EXP AND RESP OUT TO ASSIST
2:56 PM6[12] B9-001B FIRE ADV #2 LN CLOSED 1 HOUR
2:50 PM5[10] B9-014B DIVERTING TRFC ON S SPRING OFR
2:47 PM4[9] B9-001B #2 LN SHUT DOWN – #1 LN IS OPEN
2:45 PM3[8] [Notification] [CHP]-PASO ROBLES PD ADVSD VEHS NOW DRIVING WW ON FRWY [Shared]
2:38 PM2[4] [Notification] [CHP]-PASO ROBLES PD ADVSD WILL BE ON RHS / REQ CHP [Shared]
2:33 PM1[1] GRASS FIRE

The Ten Days of Car Week

The Ten Days of Car Week — Don’t get me wrong, I love classic cars as much as the next gal, but I’d rather see them in the Auto Museum in Reno than in all the venues spread out all over the Peninsula for ten days. Did you look at that interactive map on the website of Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (http://seemonterey.org)? Lordy, someone bled all over that map.

The Ten Days of Car Week

Navigating Car Week

Just for grins, let us say I needed to go to my doctor’s office at the VA clinic in Marina. What day and time would be my best bet? I have to take Highway One all the way. I count a minimum of sixteen events along that path. Granted, they are not all on the same day. But is there even one day without any events along that path? Amazingly, I found two days with no events along my path to the doctor’s office — yesterday and today. Too bad she isn’t open on weekends.

So what is going on those two days? Hmmm…I am sure many of them are driving up the coast on those days to get their vehicles and themselves to this ten-day Car Week, well, except those who are bringing their obscenely expensive cars in on transports, which will be lined up next to or on the Monterey Fairgrounds, if prior events are any indication. 

Is Car Week the height of hypocrisy?

Nothing symbolizes our love affair with cars and the fossil fuel industry quite like car week. California and Monterey like to hold themselves out as forerunners in the “green” movement and eco-environmentalists, and yet, for 10 days every August, we are anything but. People put their love-affair with the automobile front and center. They drive up and down the Central Coast to show off their “baby” using up gasoline and fouling our air. Yes, they bring in money for a lot of people, from the service industry to the businesses who thrive on tourism, to the County coffers. Is it worth it? Do we sell our clean air and water and environment out to the auto and fossil fuel industries? Apparently, the answer is yes.

How does a local cope?

My plan has always been to withdraw as much as possible during Monterey Car Week. I do not want to endure nor contribute to the craziness of these events. Unfortunately, I must venture out one day this week, as my iPad, upon which I work exclusively, is now on life-support. Fortunately, in addition to the Apple Store in Monterey, there is one in San Luis Obispo. Guess which one I am going to?? I prefer to see my classic automobiles at the Automobile Museum in Reno (https://www.automuseum.org/) or in one of the auction tents in Quartzite, AZ in January. But just in case you can’t get either place, and don’t want to venture out, here are a couple shots of classic cars for you to enjoy.