Overnight Lane Closures on Highway 1 in Carmel

Date:Monday, January 4, 2021
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 – Utility work to install and replace below ground and aerial fiber optic cable will begin this week in the Carmel area. Motorists on northbound Highway 1 will experience temporary lane closures during overnight hours.

This week, the number two (right) lane of northbound Highway 1 will be closed from Carpenter St. to the Aguajito Rd. exit.

This closure will take place between 8 pm and 7 am., from Monday January 4, through Friday morning, January 8.

Motorists can expect delays of up to 5 minutes.

Throughout the month of January 2021, similar closures will take place from Sunday nights through Friday mornings between Aguajito Rd. and Carmel Valley Rd.

Motorists are also advised to expect daytime shoulder work in the area which, however, should not result in any traffic delays.

Electronic message signs will be activated to inform the public about this work.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down

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Thank you, and happy new year!
Rayner Marx911 Emergency Guide

Happy New Year, 2021

Let us put the disaster that was 2020 behind us, while keeping its lessons in our hearts. And let’s surprise ourselves with how gentle and kind and compassionate we can be as a people and as a nation. And if we don’t heal this planet and stop our destruction, we will face more and more of these crazy pandemics.

And finally, a beautiful quote from President Obama: “After a year that has tested us in unimaginable ways, we’ve seen how people from all walks of life have stepped up to create change to make things better. Here’s to ringing in 2021 with optimism for what’s to come and a belief that our best days are still ahead. Happy New Year!”

New Year’s Eve

I think I speak for many when I say, thank gawd it is over. Now can we concentrate on making this a planet that will sustain us, and not destroy it?

And from the Washington Post today:

The worst year in world history wasn’t even a close contest.
 [History’s deadliest pandemics, from ancient Rome to modern America] 
It was 1348, the height of the Black Death, during which as many as 200 million people died. That would be like wiping out about 65 percent of the U.S. population. The Holocaust in 1944 ranked second, followed by 1816, when a volcano eruption in Indonesia blocked out the sun, starving millions. 2020 ranked sixth.
 In U.S. history, 2020 was well down the list at No. 8, just behind the 2001 terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, the tumult of 1968’s riots and assassinations, the 1918 flu pandemic, the Trail of Tears of 1838, the 1929 stock market crash marking the beginning of the Great Depression, and at the very, very top, 1862.

 After the 1862 Battle of Antietam, in which 7,000 died, according to the National Park Service. (Library of Congress)
 That was, most historians say, the grimmest year of the Civil War, when the country’s total collapse seemed imminent.
“It’s a symbol of a time when the nation almost broke apart,” Parker said in an interview, “and that, really, goes to the essence of what it is to be a country and a society. It’s almost like a dagger to the heart of the country.”

This is why the forest is still closed from the Dolan Fire

There are many places where the redwood roots are still burning underground. It is still very, very dangerous. This was just taken yesterday in the area near Circle M/Big Creek by Rhea Withrow. San Carlos Rancho has reported the same thing, so imagine the rest of the back country. LPNF, Monterey District is closed for a reason, not to just make it inconvenient for hikers and campers.

Sunset at Bixby

Taken last night. What happened to stay at home orders? Social distancing? Also, both last night and the night before, every single turnout had people camped and campfires and backyard bbqs per friends who drove past them on both the north and south ends of Big Sur. No one wrote to let me know re the middle portion…use your imaginations.