Bridge Rail Replacement Comment period

This is from Cal Trans, sent to MoCo RMA:

Please review the Notice of Preparation for the Big Sur Bridge Rail Replacements project. 
The comment period ends June 15th, but I will address any comments that are received through the end of June.
https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5/district-5-current-projects/big-sur-bridge-rail-replacements
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you,Scott Ostrau

Highway One temporarily closed at Nepenthe

Nepenthe North entrance, wires across highway, photo by Sander Koning
Big Sur Fire blocking road, photo by Sander Koning

Incident: 00040 Type: Traffic Hazard Location: Sr1 / Nepenthe Loc Desc: NEAR MPM 44 Lat/Lon: 36.223464 -121.758708 

Detail Information
7:46 AM5[9] [Notification] [CHP]-PER FIRE COM, PGandE HAS NOT CALLED BACK W/AN ETA
7:42 AM4[7] [Notification] [CHP]-PER FIRE COM, FIRE 2ND 1125 JNO MPM 44.4 / LARGE TREE INTO POWER LINES HANGING OVER NB LANE / FIRE CAN SEE IT FROM THIS SCENE
7:30 AM3[6] [Notification] [CHP]-PER BIG SUR FIRE, RDWY IS SHUT DOWN , REQ CHP 
7:28 AM2[2] BIG SUR FIRE IS 97
7:27 AM1[1] WIRES DOWN ACROSS RDWY

Big Sur Highway 1 Sustainable Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan

Caltrans District 5 takes this opportunity to present the completed Big Sur Highway 1 Sustainable Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan.  The Plan, which builds upon the 1986 Big Sur Land Use Plan and the 2004 Coast Highway Management Plan, sought to develop viable alternatives to driving in Big Sur, identify support strategies needed to shift use patterns, address undesired visitor behavior, research potential electric vehicle charging stations, and create partnerships to identify funding and next steps.

On the project website you will find the final document and all appendices which includes not only the technical background but detailed comments received during the process.  Speaking of which, our project team again wishes to thank everyone for their participation in this effort.  During the outreach 33 stakeholder organizations were engaged, 9 workshops were held with some having 99+ attendees, 10 media outlets publicized the plan, and over 200 comments were received during the review period.

You will find all the documents at:

www.sustainablehighway1.com

Regards,

John Olejnik, Big Sur TDM Plan Project Manager

Overnight work on Highway One to start Sunday

Today’s Date: Friday, March 27, 2020

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

                         Cruz Counties                                                  

Contact:          Susana Z. Cruz Ruiz or Colin Jones

Phone:            (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE*

PAVEMENT REHAB CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ALONG STATE ROUTE 1 FROM BIG SUR TO CARMEL–TEMPORARY GUARDRAIL STARTING SUNDAY NIGHT

MONTEREY COUNTY – A Caltrans pavement rehab. construction project along State Route 1 from Torre Canyon Bridge in Big Sur to just south of Carpenter Street in Carmel is underway with night time lane closures to set temporary guardrail (k-rail) at distinct locations, starting Sunday night, March 29.  The traffic impact should not exceed 10 minutes.

Overnight roadwork hours next week will be:

Sunday night, March 29: 9 pm to 6 am (next morning);

Monday through Friday night7 pm to 6 am (next morning).

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Details on the overall project’s roadwork/closures are as follows:

Torre Canyon Bridge to Coast Rd. near Andrew Molera State Park:

Coast Rd. to Carmel Valley Rd.:

Carmel Valley Rd. to Carpenter St.:

·         Sundays through Fridays:  9 pm to 6 am (next morning)

Slab replacement work:

·         Mondays through Thursdays:  3 pm to 6 am (next morning)

–MORE—

Roadwork consists of pavement rehab on existing roadway and guardrail replacement. Electronic message signs will be activated to inform the public about this roadwork. This roadwork is necessary for the safety of the travelling public and to protect surrounding properties.

      The contractor for this $24 million project is Granite Rock Company of San Jose, CA and

      it’s expected to be completed in the Fall of 2021.

Road Conditions & Misc info

9 am — Road conditions are likely to be changing hour-by-hour today, so keep an eye on the CHP website (link to the right under road conditions). Right now the 101 is flooding in King City near Wild Horse and there are rocks all over the road from the Little Sur to Rocky Point. I imagine Cal Trans will be trolling all day, but for those who don’t know, they stop patrolling at dark.

Also, Mary Adams’s office posted this on FB:

There is information available for employers and workers who may be impacted by COVID-19 from the Californian Employment Development Department.

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

That’s it for now. I will update as needed throughout the day. In the meantime, I have a very bored puppy who won’t go out in the rain (nor do I want her to as my floor is already a mess) who needs entertaining. Between the weather, the roads, and the coronavirus, it is a good day to stay home.

Cal Trans public scoping meeting on guard rails

While both CABS and Big Sur Chamber posted the notification re this meeting, I challenged the advisability given the current pandemic. I wanted to get a response to my inquiry before I published and this afternoon, I got it:

Hello Kate,

We appreciate your concern and agree that holding a meeting at this time would pose an unnecessary risk to the public. Upon speaking with Caltrans executive management, the project development team has decided to cancel the upcoming public scoping meeting for the Big Sur Bridge Rail Replacement Program. We will still be engaging in public outreach to get some public input from the locals, but will not be holding a meeting on March 18th. I will send you an updated public notice with a link to a website providing project information. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Scott Ostrau

Associate Environmental Planner

Caltrans District 5, SLO

(805) 549-3033

Overnight Closure for next week pushed out two days due to predicted rain

                                                                                ###UPDATE###

HIGHWAY 1 FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES SOUTH OF RAGGED POINT NEXT WEEK HAVE BEEN RE-SCHEDULED

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – A full closure of Highway 1 in both directions approximately two miles south of Ragged Point has been re-scheduled to Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12 during the overnight hours from 11:55 pm until 6 am.

This closure will extend from the traffic signals which maintain the 24/7 traffic control north and south of the project area between the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge and Ragged Point.

The closures scheduled for next Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10 have been cancelled due to expected rain in the area.

Access will be maintained for emergency responders. Electronic message boards will be posted to alert the public.

This full highway closure is necessary so that Caltrans can perform a concrete pour as part of a project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall along this portion of Highway 1.

Highway 1 Overnight Road Closures next week

Today’s Date:  Monday, March 2, 2020

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

                          Cruz Counties

Contact:           Jim Shivers or Colin Jones

Phone:              (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES SOUTH OF RAGGED POINT SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – A full closure of Highway 1 in both directions approximately two miles south of Ragged Point will take place on Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10 during the overnight hours from 11:55 pm until 6 am.

This closure will extend from the traffic signals which maintain the 24/7 traffic control north and south of the project area between the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge and Ragged Point. 

Access will be maintained for emergency responders. Electronic message boards will be posted to alert the public.

This full highway closure is necessary so that Caltrans can perform a concrete pour as part of a project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall along this portion of Highway 1. 

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

Coast Ride this weekend

Upwards of 400 bicyclists are expected this holiday weekend, as well as our own Forager’s Festival. From the website: http://thecoastride.org

“This year’s “Coast Ride” will be from January 18th-20th (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

We continue this year back to the original, the classic, the standard, gorgeous, full-coastal route this year, featuring a climber’s delight on Day 2 with views and climbs that will wow you.

We are excited to return to Sports Basement [in San Francisco] to start our journey down the coast.  We will start bright and early as usual – arrive at 7:00am so we can roll by 7:45.  We end in Santa Barbara for our standard 375 miles of California coastline cycling.”\

I have a number of other news items of interest, including an Esalen invite to the community and several items from CABS, to post today.

Calm Enforcement at Bixby Today

The following photos were taken by Cheryl Richardson and posted on my timeline, taken today. Waiting for confirmation of the time they were taken, but I got them around 12:30, so guessing around noon.

MCSO & CHP Photo by Cheryl Richardson
Photo by Cheryl Richardson
Photo by Cheryl Richardson

Now, let’s find a permanent solution. Ban selfies, jumping, and parking at Bixby Bridge, and give expensive citations.