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: firstname.lastname@example.org Karina Bokanovich, Management Analyst I Email: email@example.com
CALTRANS PLANS TEMPORARY HIGHWAY 1 SAFETY CLOSURE SOUTH OF BIG SUR WHEN MAJOR STORMS ARE FORECAST
MONTEREY COUNTY— Caltrans plans to temporarily close Highway 1 at Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and/or Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) south of Big Sur when significant rainfall is forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS) as a safety measure for the public.
When significant storms are forecast by the NWS, Caltrans will send a 48-hour traffic advisory to the public in case the roadway needs to close. This will allow time for the local communities and motorists to prepare for the closure, stock up on necessary supplies and make alternate travel plans. At the 24-hour mark, Caltrans will issue a traffic advisory either confirming the full closure or providing new 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 but the other may not, depending on the assessment).
Caltrans will have our Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units on call and prepared to inspect/clear roads of debris during daylight hours when the storm ends and it’s safe to be on site. Gates are installed on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide that will be locked. These gates will not be manned when the highway is closed. No one, including law enforcement, Emergency Services or Caltrans employees, will be allowed access until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary clean-up completed.
The ongoing restoration projects at Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide have re-established a traversable route over both landslides, but continued movement of the newly-formed slopes and landslide features are expected. Closing the highway during significant rainfall is necessary for the safety of travelers and our workers.
“The heavy rainfall in the winter months of 2017 resulted in significant landslide movement at many spots on Highway 1 along the Big Sur Coast,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins. “We ask for the community’s patience during these closures. Caltrans will strive to clear the highway and reopen Highway 1 as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so.”
Motorists should consult Caltrans Quick Map at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov for the latest closure information on Highway 1 and all state highways during the wildfire and mudslide season.
Mud Creek (PM 8.9)
Mud Creek had a major landslide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, involving the movement of over 6 million cubic yards of material. The new alignment was built out on the slide material for the middle portion and on a compacted embankment on the south and north ends. The new highway extends out towards the ocean upwards of 250 feet from the original highway. The roadway is 150 to 260 feet above sea level. Natural slopes remaining from the landslide and engineered slopes above and below the roadway are anticipated to experience significant erosion and movement as the new landmass matures.
Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)
The highway has been reestablished across the landslide but movement of the slopes above and below the roadway continue to push it toward the ocean. Paul’s Slide has been active since January 2017, stabilization measures including creation of additional catchment and temporary stabilization of the Hermitage Wall have been completed.Caltrans expects to reopen to two lanes at Paul’s Slide in December. The signal equipment will be turned off but left in place to allow a quick reactivation if the slide overwhelms the catchment. –Photos below—
Recent photos of Mud Creek Slide, whole (top) and side (above) views from mid-October 2019.
Photos on left (August ’19) and right (mid-October) show Paul’s Slide before and after completion of the cut, respectively. Right photo courtesy of John Madonna Construction.
The next update will occur when the first 48-hour traffic advisory is issued.
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:
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.
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 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:
Thank you for your interest in the Big Sur Highway 1 Sustainable Transportation Demand Management Plan. The Public Draft of the Plan, Appendices, and presentation materials for the upcoming meetings are now uploaded to the project website, www.sustainablehighway1.com. If you wish to review the Plan and submit comments, please follow the directions on the website.
Big Sur Coast – A 100-mile majestic experience from Carmel to Hearst Castle – is experiencing travel pressures that could damage the very scenic qualities and natural beauty that make the area so precious.
Caltrans invites you to share in a public event to provide feedback on developing a sustainable Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan. The purpose for the public meetings will be to:
Discuss the Draft TDM Document, opportunities, and toolkit;
Set timelines for receiving public comments and feedback.
The public meetings will be held on the following dates and locations: