24 hour notice of Highway Closure

Today’s Date: November 29, 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 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

**24-HOUR TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HIGHWAY 1 AT PAUL’S SLIDE AT 5 PM SATURDAY AND MUD CREEK AT 9 AM SUNDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data that a significant storm is in the forecast for the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area.

This advisory is to inform the public to be prepared for preemptive closure of the roadway scheduled for 5 pm Saturday, Nov. 30 at Paul’s and 9 am Sunday, Dec. 1at Mud Creek due to a significant storm. A final notice will be sent just prior to the roadway closing. Caltrans will have our Geotech Maintenance and Construction units on call and prepared to inspect/clean up during daylight hours when the storm ends and it is safe to be onsite again.

The gates on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will be key locked. These gates will not be manned when the highway is closed. No one, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees will be allowed access until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

NOTE: These advisories apply only to the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas with each closure being treated separately—Paul’s Slide will close at 5 pm Saturday, Nov. 30; Mud Creek will close at 9 am Sunday, Dec. 1. Please stand by for additional information.

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Susana Z. Cruz 

Possible Temporary Closure of Highway One

Today’s Date: November 28, 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 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

**48-HOUR TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

TENTATIVE TEMPORARY CLOSURE HIGHWAY 1 AT MUD CREEK/PAUL’S SLIDE

Monterey County — Caltrans has received notification from the National Weather Service (NOAA) that there is a significant storm arriving in approximately 48-hours for the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area.

This advisory is for the public to be ready in the event the roadway needs to close due to a predicted significant storm and allow time for the public to prepare for the closure including stocking up on necessary supplies and making plans.

NOTE: At the 24-hour mark, an updated traffic advisory will be sent, either confirming the full closure or providing additional information. These advisories apply only to the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas with each closure being treated separately.

Susana Z. Cruz 

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Film Shoot at Bixby, 12/2 & 12/3

This ought to be interesting with the rain…

Dear Big Sur Kate,
 
In an effort to better communicate with Big Sur residents regarding upcoming filming activities, this is to notify you of an upcoming permitted film shoot scheduled for 12/2/19 and 12/3/19 from 6:00am to 5:00pm with a 2-3 hour break between approximately 11am-2pm.  Our work will require intermittent traffic control (ITC) at and near Bixby Bridge and Hwy 1.

As per our permit, a portion of the Bixby Bridge turnout may be used for parking of a few production vehicles.

We will be hiring California Highway Patrol officers to facilitate the ITC – ensuring public safety and access with only brief traffic holds.  Most of our trucks and equipment will be stationed a few miles away on at Rocky Point Restaurant.

We have taken all steps to ensure that the required permits have been obtained and will comply with restrictions necessary for a safe and efficient shoot.
 The production company would like to show its appreciation to the community with a donation to Midcoast Fire Brigade and Big Sur Fire Brigade.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  I hope this advance notice is helpful for you to plan your day.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Gallanter
Production Manager
Valkyr Productions LLC

Paul’s Slide now two-way

While this is still an extremely active slide, and will be subject to close scrutiny this winter — by not just Cal Trans, but by Rock Knocker, Brendon, and me, also, Cal Trans is turning off the traffic lights and allowing two-way traffic for now.

Today’s Date: Thursday, November 21, 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 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 AT PAUL’S SLIDE OPENS TO UNRESTRICTED TRAFFIC TODAY; DE-ACTIVATING EXISTING TRAFFIC SIGNAL BUT LEAVING HARDWARE IN PLACE

MONTEREY COUNTY – Construction at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6), about 25 miles south of Big Sur, has been completed so the temporary traffic signal in place since the winter of 2017 is being turned off but will remain in case it needs to be activated, Caltrans officials announced today.

Although a major slope cut has been completed, Paul’s Slide remains an active landslide and continues to be closely monitored.

Paul’s Slide, near Limekiln State Park, suffered major storm damage in January 2017, losing part of its embankment including the southbound lane and closing for several months. Highway 1 there has been operating under one-way control with a temporary traffic signal for over two years.

John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo was the contractor for this repair project. Having the traffic signal turned off but still in place at Paul’s Slide will ensure a safer environment for all travelers.

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 may call the District 5 Public Affairs Office at (805) 549-3318 or visit our website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5.

BSK MIA & New Voices Article

I apologize for my lack of blogging this week, but several things converged at once, and since Saturday, I have had to be selfish. First I was sick and ended up sleeping most of three days. Then, I had a deadline to make for Voices (see below), and finally, the winter power issues have hit, which means no internet, among other things.

I have recovered from that nasty bug (thanks in part to the Elderberry tincture I made last year), I made my deadline, and will give you the lead-in and a link below, and today, I am, hopefully, resolving my power issues, by making sure my batteries are fully charged after having replenished them with two gallons of distilled water.

From Voices of Monterey Bay:

“Big Sur is the greatest meeting of land and sea. It is where the mountains are constantly marching to the ocean. It is a place to which the word “iconic” has been applied much too often. It is a place that has been “discovered” and Instagramed into a cliché.

We have come to experience ‘LA-type traffic‘ here in paradise, and thus, we are in need of a plan.

Just in the last few days the magazine Fodor’s Travel put Big Sur on its 2020 NO GO list. It is in good company, along with Bali, Barcelona and 10 other popular destinations. With its beauty and all the promotion it gets, the chickens ’have come home to roost,’ according to Fodor’s.

Big Sur is past the point of needing to be ‘managed.’ Any plan that attempts to do this ‘managing’ will be, by necessity, complex and difficult. In the end, it is Mother Nature who determines much of what happens here. That is the allure and the draw. We humans must be careful to consider the needs of this place — her environment —  before our own. And a proposed plan meant to tackle the problem acknowledges that Big Sur’s terrain and remote location make solutions even more difficult.”

Please take a few minutes and read about the Traffic Demand Management Plan and the formation of the Byways Organization that will be charged with designing and implementing any possible solutions to our highway issues here: https://voicesofmontereybay.org/2019/11/21/traffic-demands-management-plan-for-the-highway-1-corridor-in-big-sur/

Drainage Work at Garrapata State Park

CALTRANS TO PERFORM DRAINAGE WORK ON STATE ROUTE 1 SOUTH OF CARMEL HIGHLANDS ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21

MONTEREY COUNTY – Caltrans will perform drainage work (ditch line cleaning) each way on State Route 1 at Garrapata State Park, south of Carmel Highlands on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 8:30 am to 3 pm with one-way traffic control.

Electronic message boards we be activated to alert the public about this roadwork

performed by the Monterey Maintenance crew and is necessary for roadway storm preparation. 5-10-minute delays are anticipated and roadwork should be complete by that afternoon.

No roadwork will be scheduled during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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 may call the District 5 Public Affairs Office at (805) 549-3318 or visit our website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Urgent Repairs to Carmel Valley Road

November 6, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Urgent Road Repairs Scheduled for Carmel Valley Road at MP 13.62


The County of Monterey – Resource Management Agency announces urgent roadway repairs for Carmel Valley Road at MP 13.62. The area of the roadway has deteriorated due to prior storm activity; thus, the County is taking proactive measures before the next storm season.


Work is scheduled to begin November 18 and will continue tentatively through November 27, 2019. Construction activities will include removal and replacement of the damaged storm drain culvert, installation of a catch basin for drainage and re-pavement of the affected roadway.


Repair work hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Efforts will be made to accommodate the morning AM and evening PM peak travel hours and avoid periodic lane closures during these times. In general, commuters should anticipate ten-(10) minute to fifteen-(15) minutes additional travel time due to periodic lane closures and delays.


Message boards will be installed Thursday, November 7th on Carmel Valley Road to alert the public of the upcoming repairs and anticipated traffic delays.


The County has designated points of contact for this project to receive questions and coordinate with agencies to provide a collective response:
Bonnie Perez, Management Analyst II Email: perezb@co.monterey.ca.us
Karina Bokanovich, Management Analyst I Email: bokanovichkt@co.monterey.ca.us

Reminder re Big Creek Bridge

Today’s Date: Monday, November 4, 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

*REMINDER*

CALTRANS TO BEGIN ELECTROCHEMICAL CHLORIDE EXTRACTION PROJECT ON BIG CREEK BRIDGE ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6

BIG SUR COAST– Caltrans will begin a construction project to extend the life of the Big Creek Bridge on Highway 1, 27 miles south of Big Sur on Wednesday, Nov. 6.Electrochemical Chloride Extraction (ECE), will be used to remove chloride ions from the concrete and reinstate the passivity of the bridge’s steel reinforcement. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Nov. 8

  • Highway 1 at Big Creek will experience intermittent lane closures with one-way traffic control from 7 am to 6 pm through Friday, Nov. 8 to mobilize equipment
  • Motorists can expect 10 to 15-minute traffic delays

Monday, Nov. 11 through Friday, Nov. 15

  • Same closure time and location through Friday, Nov. 15 to install scaffolding under bridge—equipment will be crossing the roadway and delays of up to 15 minutes can also be expected.

The ECE process extends the life of concrete structures/the Big Creek Bridge.

NOTE: Big Creek Bridge will be restricted to legal trucks only, no permit loads will be allowed on the bridge until the project is completed.

Please refer to link below for a more in-depth explanation of the ECE process.

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/infrastructure/structures/02107/02107.pdf

The contractor for this $10.5 million construction project is Truesdell Corporation of CA, Inc from Tempe, AZ. The project is scheduled to be complete in the Summer of 2021.

Road Conditions Report for next week

TAMC CONE ZONE REPORT

ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR November 3 – November 9 

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, November 3 through Saturday, November 9 – newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent. 

Highway 1: Highway 1 – Lime Creek Bridge: November 4 – November 8   
One-way traffic controls will be in place on northbound and southbound Highway 1 between the Monterey County Line and Lime Creek Bridge for paving work along the highway from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Highway 1: Pfeiffer Burns State Park: November 4 – November 5   
One-way traffic controls will be in place on northbound and southbound Highway 1 at Pfeiffer Burns State Park for drainage work along the highway from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Highway 1: Big Creek Bridge: November 4 – November 8   
One-way traffic controls will be in place on northbound and southbound Highway 1 at Big Creek Bridge for bridge work from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday – Thursday; and 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Highway 1: Bixby Creek Bridge – Hurricane Point: November 4 – November 8   
One-way traffic controls will be in place on northbound and southbound Highway 1 between Bixby Creek Bridge and Hurricane Point for striping and paving work along the highway from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Highway 68: Piedmont Avenue – State Route 1 (Pacific Grove to Monterey): November 3 – November 8   
One-way traffic controls will be in place along eastbound and westbound Highway 68 between Piedmont Avenue and State Route 1 for drainage work along the highway from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Oh, joy. I am going north next week to the tune of 3 construction zones, not counting the ever-present Paul’s Slide with flaggers and signals. For some reason, there the flaggers let the SB traffic though at a ratio of 3 to 1 to the NB traffic.

Big Creek Bridge Work to begin next week

Today’s Date: Thursday, October 31, 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

CALTRANS TO BEGIN ELECTROCHEMICAL CHLORIDE EXTRACTION PROJECT ON BIG CREEK BRIDGE NEXT WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6

BIG SUR COAST– Caltrans will begin a construction project to extend the life of the Big Creek Bridge on Highway 1, 27 miles south of Big Sur, next Wednesday, Nov. 6.Electrochemical Chloride Extraction (ECE), will be used to remove chloride ions from the concrete and reinstate the passivity of the bridge’s steel reinforcement. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Nov. 8

  • Highway 1 at Big Creek will experience intermittent lane closures with one-way traffic control from 7 am to 6 pm through Friday, Nov. 8 to mobilize equipment
  • Motorists can expect 10 to 15-minute traffic delays

Monday, Nov. 11 through Friday, Nov. 15

  • Same closure time and location through Friday, Nov. 15 to install scaffolding under bridge—equipment will be crossing the roadway and delays of up to 15 minutes can also be expected.

The ECE process extends the life of concrete structures/the Big Creek Bridge.

NOTE: Big Creek Bridge will be restricted to legal trucks only, no permit loads will be allowed on the bridge until the project is completed.

Please refer to link below for a more in-depth explanation of the ECE process. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/infrastructure/structures/02107/02107.pdf

The contractor for this $10.5 million construction project is Truesdell Corporation of CA, Inc from Tempe, AZ. The project is scheduled to be complete in the Summer of 2021.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when

driving through highway work zones.