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

Highway One overnight Closures at Ragged Point for 4 weeks starting 8/12

Today’s Date:  Friday, August 2, 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

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 from 9 pm until 5 am to allow for the construction of the foundation of the viaduct. This work is anticipated to last up to four weeks. Emergency vehicles 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: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm   

Cal Trans to use goats for invasive species control in SLO Co

Today’s Date: Thursday, July 18, 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

CALTRANS USING GOATS TO CONTROL NON-NATIVE PLANTS ON HIGHWAY 1

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Caltrans is using goats to aid in controlling weeds within a 20-acre site adjacent to Highway 1 just north of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.  Instead of relying on herbicides, Caltrans is taking a more sustainable approach to revitalizing the native coastal prairie adjacent to the recent highway realignment project that was completed in 2017.

On Monday July 15th, two double decker trucks unloaded about 300 animals to help remove invasive non-native weeds such as bur clover, mustard, and thistle.  The animals are confined to selected grazing areas by temporary fencing which is moved every few days.  These goats will graze at a rate of approximately one acre per day, for the next three weeks.  This project will also help to reduce the use of herbicides.

“I am proud that our Landscape Architecture group is committed to designing sustainable and innovative solutions through collaborative teamwork.” said Caltrans District 5 Landscape Architect, Katherine Brown, who is overseeing this project as part of an intensive habitat restoration project.  The goats are managed by shepherds from Living Systems Land Management a subcontractor of the Caltrans prime contractor, Empire Landscaping Inc. of Davis, CA.

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

Road work — North

We are shifting hours to finish earlier in the day in effort to alleviate some of the afternoon backups, still on schedule to be complete by the end of summer.

Thanks for your patience this summer, Colin

From: Ruiz, Heidi@DOT 
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2019 2:56 PM
Subject: NEWS RELEASE (Monterey Co.) – CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON STATE ROUTE 1 BETWEEN HURRICANE POINT AND ROCKY CREEK BRIDGE IN BIG SUR CONTINUES MONDAY, JULY 15

Today’s Date: Friday, July 12, 2019

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

Contact:          Heidi Ruiz or Colin Jones

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON STATE ROUTE 1 BETWEEN HURRICANE POINT AND ROCKY CREEK BRIDGE IN BIG SUR CONTINUES MONDAY, JULY 15

BIG SUR – A construction project to widen the shoulders on the existing roadway and upgrade the guardrail continues Monday, July 15 along State Route 1 between Hurricane Point and the Rocky Creek Bridge in Big Sur, Caltrans officials announced today.

This work will take place during the daytime hours and will require one-way reversing traffic control. The project location extends from 1 ½ miles north/south of the Bixby Bridge. 

Daytime work

NOTE: Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 25 minutes. Expect heavier than normal traffic due to summer visitors. Electronic message signs have been posted alerting the traveling public of this project.

Roadwork will shift to the overnight hours when the paving and striping occurs. Details will be announced when certain.

Paving South next week

HIGHWAY 1 PAVING BETWEEN CAYUCOS AND HARMONY CONTINUES NEXT WEEK WITH RAMP/LANE CLOSURES

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – A project to resurface the pavement and reconstruct the ramps and shoulders of Highway 1 from south of 13th Street in Cayucos to Harmony Valley Road will
continue next week with the following ramp closures:

Motorists will encounter a closure of the northbound Highway 1 on/off ramps at 13th Street and “C” Street Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18 from 8 am until 4 pm and during the overnight hours
from 6 pm until 7 am. These ramps will be closed Friday, July 19 from 6 am until 2 pm (13th Street) and from 7 am until 12 noon (C Street).

In addition, there will be lane closures in both directions of Hwy. 1 from 24th Street to Harmony Valley Road, Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18 from 8 am until 4 pm and
on Friday, July 19 from 6 am until 2 pm. Motorists can expect delays of 15 minutes.

Electronic message boards will inform the public about this roadwork. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will ensure a safe environment for everyone.

The contractor for this $9.8 million project is CalPortland Construction of Santa Maria, CA. This project is expected to be complete this November.

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

New Road Work in Big Sur next week, 7/7-7/13

I see no reason to publish the entire TAMC report each week, so here is the new information specific to Big Sur.

Highway 1: Hot Springs Creek Bridge – Burns Creek Bridge, Big Sur: July 9   
One lane closure will occur on northbound and southbound Highway 1 between Hot Spring Creek Bridge and Burns Creek Bridge in Big Sur for a crack seal operation from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway 1: Burns Creek Bridge – Anderson Canyon Bridge, Big Sur: July 11   
One lane closure will occur on northbound and southbound Highway 1 between Burns Creek Bridge and Anderson Canyon Bridge for utility work from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Highway 1: Ventana Entrance – Nepenthe North Entrance, Big Sur: July 9   
One lane closure will occur on northbound and southbound Highway 1 between the entrance to Ventana  and the north entrance of Nepenthe for a crack seal operation from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Highway 1: Pfeiffer Canyon  Bridge – Ventana Entrance, Big Sur: July 10July 12   
One lane closure will occur on northbound and southbound Highway 1 between Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and Ventana entrance for survey work from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Esalen’s Midsummer Festival to impact Highway 1 traffic 7/6 — NOT all week! (Correction by Cal Trans)

Today’s Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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

Contact:           Heidi C. Ruiz or Colin Jones

Phone:            (805) 549-3318 or 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PARKING AND TRAFFIC CONTROL ON STATE ROUTE 1 FOR ESALEN MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL

MONTEREY COUNTY – The Esalen Midsummer Festival will begin Monday, July 1 through Sunday, July 7. (UPDATE: FESTIVAL ONLY JULY 6TH, NOT ALL WEEK) An approximate one-mile section of Hwy. 1 in the vicinity of Esalen will be under traffic control during this period, Caltrans officials announced today.

Parking will be provided along the dirt shoulder with specific parking locations. Motorists can expect minimal delays. Caltrans would like to remind motorists to share the road.

NOTE: Electronic message boards alerting motorists will be activated to alert motorists of this event.

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

Transportation Demand Management Plan meeting

Dear Big Sur Community,

Caltrans will be holding a public meeting next Wednesday evening to get input on their Sustainable Transportation Demand Management Planning for the Big Sur coast.

Please see the meeting information below:

Wednesday, June 26th

North Corridor Public Meeting Event from 5:30 to 7:00

Rancho Canada Club – Wedgewood Meeting Center – Merienda Ballroom

(follow ‘Wedgewood’ signs)

4860 Carmel Valley Road

Carmel, CA  93923

What is TDM? 

Sustainable Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Strategies that encourage a shift from single occupant vehicle (SOV) trips to transit, biking, walking, or other forms of transportation; or shift trips out of peak periods. TDM seeks to reduce auto trips – and hopefully vehicle miles traveled – by offering a variety of transportation option tools and management strategies.

More information about this effort can be found here: https://www.sustainablehighway1.com/

Also, please note I have added the above link to my list of links to the right under Road Conditions.