Mud Creek cracks

From Mud Creek last week, Friday, I think. I drove it Thursday and it looked about the same, top photo from Cal Trans, bottom photos by bigsurkate. If one enlarges the top Photo, one can see the crack goes almost to the center line



I received An email yesterday regarding the above:

On Aug 31, 2018, at 12:13 PM, John Woolfolk wrote:

Hi I’m a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. I’m writing up something short about the tiny cracks along the Highway 1 patch at Mud Creek, wanted to know if folks down there worry about things like that. Thanks much,

John Woolfolk Assistant Metro Editor | Editorial

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I answered:

I have a blog post going up tomorrow with photos from yesterday showing the cracks. It is something we will watch, certainly. I will be checking it at least once a week to see if there are any significant changes, but then Madonna construction is still on site, so I am sure they will be checking as well. If there is any changes of note, I will be publishing on my blog. I would not say we “worry about things like that” as you ask, much more like we anticipate things like this. We have a saying regarding this road during each winter. The question is not IF it will close; the questions are: when will it close, where will it close, and for how long will it remain closed.

Green Bridge on FHL closed for repairs, 8/27/18

This is the bridge: (Photo by Anneliese Agren)


I contacted FHL regarding repairs, and was informed that they have no specific date (nor even time frame) for the repair of this bridge. There is no promise or guarantee it will be repaired in time for winter rains. In the mean time, civilians are allowed to use the low water crossing next to it. Of course, if the bridge is not repaired before the rains come, then later in the winter, the low water crossing may become impassable, as it has before.

Mary and I were remembering just the other day a high school field trip in 1995, when the Carmel River Bridge went out, this bridge went out, and Highway One at Soda Springs went out and we were stuck in San Simeon, until Cal Trans could “punch us through” at Soda Springs. I will be keeping my eye on this bridge repair and let you know what I learn.

Climbing Lane (1 & Rio Rd) schedule, now to finish…

August 17, 2018

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project Update for Week of August 20th

The current phase of work on the Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project was completed on the morning of August 17th in advance of Car Week event traffic. Construction will resume regular work hours the week of August 27th.

Here is what to expect for the week of August 20th.

  • Day time off-roadway work for landscaping and miscellaneous minor work items.
  • Overnight work for crews to install traffic detectors at both Carmel Valley and Rio Roads. This will require some alternating lane closures between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Looking ahead to the week of August 27th, crews will be working on both Rio Road between Highway 1 and the Crossroads Shopping Center and on Carmel Valley Road between Highway 1 and Carmel Rancho Boulevard in preparation for final paving, which is currently planned for the week of September 4. There will be additional details on this next week.

Sign up to receive text message alerts about the project by texting Climbinglane to 888777.

For more information, or to sign up for project updates, contact Christine Poe or (831) 755-5025 or Grant Leo

Events in MoCo – a way to get involved

Want to be heard on the holding of special events on Highway One? Like the Dream Drive promoted by California, Central Coast and MoCo tourist agencies? Consider coming to as many of these meetings as you can. Once a month, in Salinas. Or let’s set up a rotating crew of Big Sur residents and workers to make sure our voice is hear.

Monterey County Special Events Task Force
Post Car Week Discussion
The August Special Events Task Force Meeting will be held on August 30thin the Cayenne Room. This will allow for post Car Week discussion. The agenda is forthcoming. The Resource Management Agency (RMA) of Monterey County cordially invites you to participate in our Special Events Task Force.

WHAT: Special Event Task Force, a collaborative effort to promote hassle-free special event permitting to ensure safe and successful events in Monterey County.

WHO: Special event organizers and stakeholders (e.g. hospitality industry, tent rental companies, event support companies, etc), Monterey County regulatory agencies, interested members of the public.

WHY: Event organizers will gain valuable insights and feedback on the ins and outs of special event permitting in Monterey County. County regulators will get the opportunity to provide transparency on their processes to organizers and the public. Members of the public will be able to voice their comments, interests and concerns regarding event planning in their community.

WHEN: Every fourth Thursday once a Month from 9:00-10:30 am

WHERE: The Thyme Room, Monterey County Government Center, 1441 Schilling Place, 2nd Floor, Salinas 93901

Highway Closure Update, 5/21/18




Photos 1 and 2 of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from Friday, May 18 and photo 3 of the repair at Hermitage (PM 22.42) last Monday, May 14 requiring Paul’s Slide area to be closed.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, May 21

State Route 1 in Monterey County remains closed from north of Salmon Creek, just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek slide. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County near Ragged Point.

REMINDER: Travelers still CANNOT access the entire length of Highway 1 from Carmel to Cambria but local businesses are open on both sides of Mud Creek.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing over 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain. The Department has announced a new target of mid-September to get lanes re-opened to traffic. Caltrans will continuously evaluate the opening date as work progresses so we anticipate providing an update in July. It’s expected that even after the highway is re-open, intermittent lane closures and roadwork may continue. The updated current cost is at $54 million.

There is currently no public/local access through the Mud Creek area since this remains an active, emergency construction zone.

This week: Work continues with the north fill, north cut and north berm with hilfiker retaining wall.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)*

Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 traffic signal remains in place and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline. A full, daytime closure took place at Paul’s last Monday, May 14, 2018 to make repairs to the Hermitage Tieback Wall. (See attached photo).


Final items continue taking place. Metal Beam Guardrail (MBGR) end treatment work at Castro Canyon (PM 43.12) and slope work at the Coastlands (PM 44.41) continues taking place. However, no work is scheduled for this week north of Lucia.

The next update will be on Tuesday, May 29.

Highway One closure update, 7/24/17

Photos of: 1) Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) still showing some activity this morning; 2) Pedestrian Detour Signs at South Turn Around (PM 45–just south of Pfeiffer Canyon; 3) Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) Abutment 1 Work, Platform and Falsework and 4) Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) Launch Falsework at Abutment 2. ( reordered this so number 2 is last for a comparison)


522594093PM 45.52 PCB Abutment 1 work 7.21.17PM 45.52 PCB Abutment 2 form work 7.21.17

Here is the pedestrian detour and a comparison of what it looked like a week ago last Friday, when Paul’s Slide was still closed. Glad to see the change, as it was a real challenge to figure out how to get into and out of the handicapped parking spot between the deli and the post office.



Cal Trans Convoys

Well, this was enlightening. Cal Trans posted a video on twitter and FB showing the Convoy yesterday. Those trucks with double trailers are coming north over the Pitkin’s Curve Bridge, and then through Paul’s Slide could only have come from Nacimiento, over a bridge rated for only 15 tons and 30′ in length. How much do these fully loaded monsters weigh? And how long are they?? Any truckers or heavy equipment operators want to chime in on this? I sure hope Cal Trans plans on repairing that tiny little bridge and Nacimiento Rd when this is all over, assuming it lasts.

I have been told these trucks are 65′ long and weight 40 tons loaded. I am afraid the representatives of Cal Trans, USFS, MoCo and others are going to get tired of hearing from me, but I feel it is important. I sent them each a copy of this photo and the length and weight of these transfer trucks, as I have been informed.

Go to Cal Trans District 5 to see the video, but here are 2 stills. Just what Cal Trans told me they were NOT doing. (Sorry I didn’t “clean up” these screen shots.)