Road Construction between Ragged Point & San Carpoforo to begin Monday

Today’s Date:  Thursday, June 6, 2019

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

Contact:           Jim Shivers or Colin Jones

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS TO BUILD VIADUCT AND RETAINING WALL ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR RAGGED POINT

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Caltrans will begin preliminary geotechnical work on a project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall on Highway 1 near Ragged Point on Monday, June 10.

This emergency project located between the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge and the Ragged Point Inn. (For those who know, it is at the Polar Star) It will result in intermittent lane closures through July 2019.

A temporary traffic signal will be activated by August allowing traffic to move in each direction 24/7until project completion.

Roadwork will take place Monday through Thursday from 6 am until 6 pm and from 6 am until 2 pmon Fridays.  Electronic message boards will alert travelers about this roadwork.

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: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm        

US Open traffic, parking, and alternatives by Caltrans

Today’s Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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

                         Cruz Counties                                                  

Contact:          Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. Open Traffic and Transit Information

In preparation for the 119th U.S. Open Championship, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Pebble Beach company unveiled a comprehensive transportation plan to ensure the safe and efficient movement of traffic and pedestrians during the championship, scheduled for June 10-16.

More than 16,000 satellite parking spaces have been secured to help ensure that the anticipated 250,000 fans at the U.S. Open experience trouble-free travel to and from the Pebble Beach.  Local traffic representatives from the California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have been involved in the 18-month-long planning process with the USGA and Pebble Beach Company.

All fans traveling by car during U.S. Open week should follow event trailblazing signage to California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) in Marina, CA, where complimentary parking and shuttle transportation will be provided to and from Pebble Beach. Shuttles will run continuously beginning at 5:30 a.m. PDT each day and continue for one hour following the conclusion of play. One-way shuttle times are expected to take approximately 30-35 minutes, depending upon traffic.

There is no general parking for fans with disabilities available in the immediate vicinity of Pebble Beach Golf Links. All other parking is by permit only. Parking restrictions surrounding the championship grounds and within the Del Monte Forest will be closely monitored and enforced. 17-Mile Drive will be closed to tourist traffic June 9 through June 16, 2019.

Handicapped-accessible parking spaces will be available at all championship parking areas for vehicles displaying appropriate HP/DP license plates or placards. Individuals requiring lift-equipped transportation are encouraged to contact the USGA Admissions Office at 800-698-0661 for more information. 

The cities of Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove are offering express shuttle bus services to the U.S. Open for residents and community guests. For more information on fees, daily schedules, frequency, and locations of service, please visit the Carmel Chamber of Commerce (carmelchamber.org), Cannery Row Company (canneryrow.com) and Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce (pacificgrove.com) websites.

Fans and local residents wishing to utilize ride-share options to be dropped off at the championship should utilize the designated Passenger Drop-Off area along Forest Lake Road, located near Gate 1 within the Del Monte Forest. There is no parking or staging for vehicles, so pickup times will need to be coordinated accordingly. Vehicles proceeding to the Passenger Drop-Off are instructed to enter the Del Monte Forest through the Pacific Grove Gate or Morse Gate located on CA-68. Please follow directional signs and attendants to the appropriate pickup and drop-off location. Due to traffic restrictions, access is limited to vehicles no larger than a 12-passenger van or limousine. Passenger Drop-Off vehicles are not permitted to pick-up or drop-off at any other location around the championship grounds.

For the week of Monday, June 10 through June 16, local residents and through traffic are encouraged to adjust travel around peak U.S. Open arrival and departure times (7-11 a.m. and 3:30-7:30 p.m.) if possible. The local residents and area commuters from Castroville Blvd. to eastbound Hwy. 156, there will be no left turn out of Castroville Blvd. onto eastbound Hwy. 156 from Wednesday, June 12 at 10 am through Monday, June 17 at 10 am. There will be a detour to turn right from Castroville Blvd. onto westbound Hwy. 156 traffic will exit at SR-183/Merritt Street then a left at Merritt Street and a left turn back onto eastbound Hwy 156.

Local residents and area commuters from the Salinas Valley are encouraged to follow alternate routing and trailblazing signage to General Jim Moore Boulevard, avoiding CSUMB and CA-1.  Due to U.S. Open traffic, delays can be expected along the primary routes of CA-1 from Exit 399A (Pebble Beach) to Exit 414 (Nashua/Molera Road). Monterey and Pacific Grove commuters should avoid the use of Exit 399A and CA-68 during peak times.

Caltrans will be conducting overnight maintenance work on Hwy 101 at Market Street beginning at 9 pm to 5 am each night: Sunday, June 9 through Tuesday, June 11 (into Wednesday morning).

Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol remain on call 24/7 to respond to traffic issues during the week-long U.S. Open Championship.

ALTERNATE COMMUTER ROUTES

Alternate Commuter Routing Inbound from Salinas traffic using Blanco Road

  • Proceed westbound on Blanco Road to Reservation Road.
  • Turn left onto Reservation Road for 1.0 miles.
  • Turn right onto Inter-Garrison Road for 0.5 miles.
  • Turn right to stay on Inter-Garrison Road for 2.2 miles.
  • At the traffic circle, take the second exit onto 8th Avenue for 0.8 miles.
  • Turn right onto Gigling Road for 1.1 miles.
  • Turn left onto General Moore Boulevard, proceeding southbound into Seaside, CA and towards CA-68.

Alternate Commuter Routing Inbound from Salinas traffic using Reservation Road

  • Proceed westbound on Reservation Road towards Inter-Garrison Road.
  • Turn left onto Inter-Garrison Road for 0.5 miles.
  • Turn right to stay on Inter-Garrison Road for 2.2 miles.
  • At the traffic circle, take the second exit onto 8th Avenue for 0.8 miles.
  • Turn right onto Gigling Road for 1.1 miles.
  • Turn left onto General Jim Moore Boulevard, proceeding southbound into Seaside, CA and towards CA-68.

From the North using CA-1 Southbound

  • Follow CA-1 South. Take Exit 406 for Lightfighter Drive for 0.5 miles.
  • Turn left onto 2nd Avenue for 0.9 miles and follow signage to the parking lot.

From the South using CA-1 Northbound

  • Follow CA-1 North.  Take Exit 406 for Lightfighter Drive for 0.3 miles.
  • Turn left onto 2nd Avenue for 0.9 miles and follow signage to the parking lot.

From the North using US-101 Southbound

  • Follow US-101 South.  Take Exit 336 towards Monterey Peninsula.
  • Merge onto CA-156 West continuing for 6.1 miles.
  • Merge onto CA-1 South continuing for 7.9 miles.
  • Take Exit 406 for Lightfighter Drive for 0.5 miles.
  • Turn Left onto 2nd Avenue for 0.9 miles and follow signage to the parking lot.

From the South using US-101 Northbound

  • Follow US-101 North.  Take Exit 326C towards Monterey Peninsula.
  • Turn right onto Sanborn Road for 0.8 miles continuing onto East Blanco Road for 1.6 miles.
  • Turn left onto CA-68 West/S. Main Street for 2.3 miles proceeding to Exit 20 for Reservation Road.
  • Turn right onto Reservation Road for 4.4 miles.
  • Turn left onto Inter-Garrison Road for 0.3 miles.
  • Turn right to continue onto Inter-Garrison Road for 2.5 miles (continue straight through traffic circle).
  • Turn slight right onto 8th Street for 1.0 miles and follow signage to the parking lot.

USGA will have more information about the championship, please visit usopen.com.

Caltrans has real-time travel conditions; please visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

AIDS bicycle event next week, but NOT through Big Sur

Here is the schedule:

Today’s Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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                                          

AIDS/LIFE CYCLE BICYCLE RIDE ON CENTRAL COAST NEXT WEEK

 CENTRAL COAST – The AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride will move through Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties next week. The cyclists will use the state highway system during the daytime hours between 6:30 am and 7 pm in the following locations:

  • Sunday, June 2, the riders will use southbound State Route 1 and US 101 before arriving at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz County during the afternoon hours.
  • On Monday, June 3, the riders will leave Santa Cruz and use portions of southbound State Route 1 and US Highway 101 ending their day at San Lorenzo County Park in King City in Monterey County.
  • On Tuesday, June 4, the riders will leave King City and use a portion of southbound US Highway 101 before reaching the Paso Robles Fairgrounds in San Luis Obispo County.
  • On Wednesday, June 5, the cyclists will leave Paso Robles using Hwy. 46 West to Hwy. 1 south through Morro Bay and Pismo Beach before reaching Preisker Park in Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County.
  • On Thursday, June 6, the cyclists will leave Santa Maria towards State Route 1 and continue south ending their day at Ryon Memorial Park in Lompoc in Santa Barbara County.
  • On Friday, June 7, the riders will leave Lompoc and use State Route 246, State Route 1 and US Highway 101 towards southern Santa Barbara County before ending their day at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura County.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be present to maintain a safe environment for motorists, cyclists and support vehicles.  The riders will travel single file with the flow of traffic.

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

 For traffic updates on other state highways on the Central Coast motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at (805) 549-3318 or visit the District 5 website

at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm or for more information on this event you may visit:  https://www.aidslifecycle.org/the-experience/the-route

 

 

 

 

Tourist Tuesday, Bixby Bridge Memorial Day weekend

Most of you have heard, by now, of the fiasco that was Bixby Bridge this weekend. This was Saturday, by Adam Slawter. At 6:30 pm, it was backed up from Bixby to Palo by cars going south. That is 2.2 miles of idling vehicles.

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This is the video taken by Tim Huntington on Saturday at 2 pm of the cars headed south, as he was heading north: https://vimeo.com/338490145

This was what it looked like early – as in 9 am – on Sunday, in the rain. Martha Diehl took these photos. Note the door opening into traffic immediately before another vehicle in the last photo.

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Imagine that there is an emergency, which is much more likely with the influx of clueless people from out of the area. What happens then? How do emergency vehicles navigate through this quagmire? They can’t. How are the Cal Fire engines and others supposed to get to us when there is a fire this summer? Or cliff rescue, or serious injuries? This is a life-threatening situation that must be resolved.

Monday, a temporary solution presented itself. MCSO stationed THREE officers here at Bixby and they managed to keep traffic moving, at least until early afternoon, one source told me. So we need to pressure the County to assign 3 officers every weekend and holiday to manage the traffic at this bottleneck.

On the brighter side, CABS was there educating and interacting with the tourists on Monday morning, raising the awareness of our visitors to treat Big Sur with respect.

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(Photo by Patte Kronlund)

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(Photo by Lisa Kleissner)

Let us start preppering our Supes to take action, now! We don’t need to come up with a “perfect” solution, I don’t have one. But we could try a variety of things to see what will work, short of painting the bridge puke green. We could experiment with running shuttles, or the current MST buses, allowing only them to park, or to drop off and pick up visitors to the bridge from a staged area north and south. The County of Monterey could pass an ordinance, for health & safety reasons, prohibiting parking on both eastern and western sides and OCR, assess BIG fines, and enforce it! If you have another idea, I am all ears. Toss those ideas out there, no matter how crazy they seem. It might just give someone else the inspiration they need to find a solution that will work.

 

Amgen bike race coming through next Wednesday

Today’s Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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 

AMGEN BICYCLE RACE TO MOVE THROUGH MONTEREY, SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES NEXT WEEK

 CENTRAL COAST – Stages Four and Five of The Amgen Tour of California Bicycle Race will move through Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties next week using portions of the state highway system in the following locations during the daytime hours.

  • On Wednesday, May 15, the cyclists will leave Laguna Seca at 10 am and will use portions of State Routes 68 and 218 before traveling south on Highway 1 from Monterey before reaching Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County at 3:45 pm.
  • On Thursday, May 16, the cyclists leave Pismo Beach at 10 am using Highway 1 before using portions of State Routes 154 and 192 in Santa Barbara County.  The cyclists will end their day at 3:45 pm in Ventura County.

The CHP will oversee traffic control during these moving closures.  Electronic message signs will be activated to inform the public about the cyclists and support vehicles.  The public may learn more about this event at:   http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/

For traffic updates on other state highways on the Central Coast motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at (805) 549-3318 or visit the District 5 website

at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm

Jim Shivers, Caltrans District 5, Public Information Officer, (805) 549-3237

Upcoming Road Work, Highway One, 4/15/19

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, April 14 through Saturday, April 20newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1: Anderson Canyon Bridge – Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur: Apr. 15 – Apr.19
One-way traffic controls will be in place on Highway 1 between the Anderson Canyon Bridge and Pfeiffer Burns State Park for emergency road work from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Highway 1: Hurricane Point – San Luis Obispo County Line, Big Sur: April 15 – April 19
One-way traffic controls will be in place on Highway 1 between Hurricane Point and the San Luis Obispo County Line for asphalt paving work from 7 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Highway 1: Castro Canyon Bridge, Big Sur: April 16
One-way traffic controls will be in place on Highway 1 at Castro Canyon Bridge for bridge inspection work from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Highway 1: Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, Big Sur: April 16
One-way traffic controls will be in place on Highway 1 at the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge for bridge inspection work from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway 1: Big Sur State Park Entrance – Fernwood, Big Sur: Apr. 17 – Apr. 19
One-way traffic controls will be in place on Highway 1 between the Big Sur State Park Entrance to Fernwood for paving work from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Highway 1: Rocky Creek Bridge, Big Sur: April 15 – April 19
One-way traffic controls will be in place on Highway 1 near the Rocky Creek Bridge for road repairs and work on the bridge from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday thru Thursday. Work hours on Friday will be 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Highway 1: Mill Creek Bridge, Big Sur: April 15 – April 17
One-way traffic controls will be in place on Highway 1 at the Mill Creek Bridge due to repair work on the bridge from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project: Carmel Valley Road – Rio Road: April 8 – April 12
The construction work on the Climbing Lane project on Highway 1 between Carmel Valley Road and Rio Road will occur off the highway along the shoulder of the road. As a result, traffic is not expected to be impacted and no traffic controls will be in place.

Here is the schedule for work hours for the week of April 15, 2019:

Project Site: Highway 1 at Carmel Valley Road

  • This is phase one of the project.
  • Daytime work hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • One of the southbound left turn pocket lanes onto Carmel Valley Road will be closed to traffic during construction.

Monterey County RMA-Public Works will provide weekly updates about this project. Residents or commuters who may be affected by this work can be included in an email information list to receive alerts about the project. Contact Maia Carroll, Communications Coordinator, at carrollm@co.monterey.ca.us

 

Highway Construction at JPBurns to start tomorrow, 4/10/19

Actually, this is a good thing, because for as long as the construction is going on, that spot in the highway will not have it usual craziness! No anticipated completion date given.

Today’s Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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

Contact:          Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON STATE ROUTE 1 AT JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS STATE PARK IN BIG SUR STARTING TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

 BIG SUR – A construction project to repair slopes, restore the roadway and provide traffic control on State Route 1 at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10, Caltrans officials announced today.

Roadwork consists of daytime work, consisting of one-way reversing traffic control, Mondays through Fridays from 6 am to 7 pm.

 NOTE: Motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes.

The contractor for this $600,000 construction project is Robert J. Franks Construction of Redding, CA and should complete by this fall.

 Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when

driving through highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in    Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or Can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon