Storm Report & Road Conditions, 1/15/19

3:35 just heard from 2 individuals that the power is out in Big Sur Valley.

Note: The USGS Big Sur River Discharge Rate website has been added to the links to the right, under 2018-2019 Storm Reports & Road Conditions. It isn’t bad right now, although rising, but tomorrow could be interesting.

Per Cal Trans this afternoon, the road is open to Lucia and the Hermitage from the north. Have no idea about the southern end.

11:15 am – Flash Flood Watch issued by NWS for the Santa Lucia Mountains & Los Padres National Forest, Southern Monterey Bay and the Big Sur Coast.

9:30 am – The South Coast, aka Slide Country, is getting hammered. Note, Mining Ridge rainfall totals have doubled in the last 5 hours! Here are the 24 hour totals:

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Cal Trans moved the closure to Ragged Point on the South and Deetjen’s on the North at approximately 6 pm last night. No indication any of the previously open sections have been cleared yet.

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4:00 am – as of 3 am, Mining Ridge and Three Peaks have each received almost 2” and Chalk Peak is up to 1.72” It was raining enough to wake me up just now.

Last night after dark, Cal Trans moved the closure to Ragged Point, so apparently, there is a problem BEFORE Mud Creek. Perhaps at Gray Slip, as I have been reporting?

5:56 PM  

 

 

[13] PER CT MOVED DOWN TO RAGGED POINT CLOSED OVER NIGHT AND WILL RE-ASSESS IN THE MORNING

 

 

Highway Closure beginning, until further notice

This is the closure in the map below. The only businesses accessible from Nacimiento-Fergusson Road are (N to S) Limekiln State Park, Kirk Creek Campground, Sand Dollar Beach, Plaskett Creek Campground, Treebones, and Gorda.

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**TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

CALTRANS ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HWY. 1 AT MUD CREEK/PAUL’S SLIDE

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data that a significant storm has reached the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area and will close Highway 1 at Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide on Monday, Jan. 14 at Noon (12 PM) until further notice.

The closure initiation process will begin at 10 AM with Electronic Message Signs activated and both sets of gates (Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide) closed by Noon (12 pm).Storm activity is forecast through Thursday, Jan. 17.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. (PM 18.9) is the alternate route to reach Hwy. 1 between Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide. However, there is a 40-ft. length, 12-foot height, 60-ton weight, and 10 mph restriction at one of the bridges along this route. Please feel free to check with Fort Hunter-Liggett for more updated information on their road at: https://www.facebook.com/FortHunterLiggett.

Caltrans’ Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units are on call and prepared to inspect/clean up when the storm ends during the daylight hours and it is safe to be onsite again—we anticipate this to be Friday morning, Jan. 18. Caltrans’ goal is to open the roadway as quickly and safely as possible and our staff remains on-call 24/7.

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 and there will be no access to anyone, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

 

NOTE: This advisory applies only to the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas with each closure being treated separately—both are closing today. Please stay tuned for additional information when the roadway opens again. SEE ATTACHED CLOSURE MAP.

 

Highway Tentatively Scheduled to Close Mid-Day Mon. Jan. 14, 2019

                         **48-HOUR TRAFFIC ADVISORY UPDATE**

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

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data that a significant storm is in the forecast to begin in approximately the next 24-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 to inform the public to be prepared for closure of the roadway tentatively scheduled for mid-day Monday, Jan. 14 due to a significant storm. Stand-by for additional information within the next 24 hours and a final notice will be sent when the roadway closes. 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–both locations will close tentatively on mid-day Monday, Jan. 14. Please stand-by for additional information within the next 24 hours.

 

48 hour notice on Mud Creek & Paul’s Slide

48-HOUR TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

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

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received notification from National Weather Service (NOAA) data 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 travelers to be ready in the event the roadway needs to be closed due to a predicted significant storm and allow time for them 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.

 

No highway closure today

Both Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) sites looked good this morning and the forecast for today/tonight has gone down so there will be no preemptive closure today. Crews will assess again tomorrow.

Winter is here, there is a line of storms in the forecast, there is a possibility we may need to preemptively close Hwy. 1 with less than 48 hours’ notice. Crews will continue to assess the sites, monitor the forecast, and provide an update as conditions warrant.

Temporary Closure of Highway One likely by Sunday 5 pm.

The storm forecast has changed and gone up significantly with heavy rain predicted Sunday evening and overnight, Jan. 6th into Jan. 7th. Crews will assess tomorrow morning (Sunday, Jan. 6) and continue to monitor the forecast.

There is a high likelihood Hwy. 1 at Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) will each close by 5 pm tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 6.

An update will be provided by noon tomorrow after staff assessment is made.

Storm Waves…

29E2512E-6C93-4971-BE5E-5B0DDCE437B3I will be interested in seeing how the predicted storm waves of today will impact the sea wall at Mud Creek.

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The water you see above (shiny spot) is from waves pounding OVER the sea wall. The sea wall has taken a beating, even before this storm and today’s monster waves! Love to see it tomorrow.

Highway 1 to open by noon today, 11/30/18

**TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

CALTRANS RE-OPENS TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HWY. 1 AT MUD CREEK AND PAUL’S SLIDE

MONTEREY COUNTY —After two days of significant storm activity, Caltrans’ Geotechnical Design, Construction and Maintenance staff investigated site conditions this morning. Although crews are still working, the plan is to reopen the road in the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area by 12 noon today, Friday, Nov. 30.

Caltrans’ Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units will continue to be on call and prepared to inspect/clean up during the daylight hours following each storm when it is safe to be onsite again. Caltrans’ intent is to open the roadway as quickly and safely as possible and our staff remains on-call 24/7.

Reminder: When significant storms are forecasted by NOAA, the continuing protocol will be to send a 48-hour traffic advisory for the public to be ready in case the roadway needs to close due to an expected significant storm. This will allow time for the public to prepare for the closure, stock up on necessary supplies and make plans. At the 24-hour mark, we will send a traffic advisory either confirming the full closure or providing additional information. These 48 and 24-hour notices apply only to Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek—each closure will be treated separately (two separate closures, one may open, the other may not, depending on assessment).

Highway One Closure Update, 11/29/18

 

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Above, Paul’s Slide earlier today

  1. Today’s Date: November 29, 2018

  2. District:            05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa
  3.                         Cruz Counties
  4. Contact:          Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
  5. Phone:            (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189
  6. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  7. -UPDATE #1-

**TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HWY. 1 AT MUD CREEK AND PAUL’S SLIDE CONTINUES THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING, FRIDAY, NOV. 30 WHEN IT WILL BE ASSESSED

 

MONTEREY COUNTY — The National Weather Service (NOAA) has informed Caltrans of more significant rain forecast for today and into tonight. Caltrans has determined that tomorrow morning, Nov. 30, will be the first time it will be safe for Geotechnical Design, Construction and Maintenance staff to investigate site conditions and formulate a plan to reopen the road in the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (PM 18.9) is the alternate route to reach Hwy. 1 between Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide. However, there is a 12-foot height restriction at one of the bridges (green) along this route. Please check with Fort Hunter-Liggett for more updated information on their road at: https://www.facebook.com/FortHunterLiggett.

Caltrans’ Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units are on call and prepared to inspect/clean up during the daylight hours following each storm when it is safe to be onsite again; this will take place tomorrow morning, Friday, Nov. 30. Caltrans’ intent is to open the roadway as quickly and safely as possible and our staff remains on-call 24/7.

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 and there will be no access to anyone, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

NOTE: This advisory applies only to the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas with each closure being treated separately—both are closing today. Please stay tuned for additional information when the roadway opens again. SEE ATTACHED CLOSURE MAP.

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Storm Watch, 11/29/18

9 am – I am hearing some grumbling from locals on Caltrans’s decision to close the road. I get it, I do, but things have changed. Conditions are not like they used to be where it was understood that we locals took our chances. Now, we have clueless tourists who would also “take their chances” and then ask to be rescued and/or sue if they were injured or their vehicle was damaged. I do have concerns about even emergency vehicles not being able to get through, but I do understand  the concerns of Caltrans. Safety first. Always.

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