I found this sweet book I want to share with you. It is full of historical photos of the South Coast. It was written by Stanley Harlan, younger brother of Don Harlan, the original road warrior. Stanley is now 91 and living in Monterey. It is available on Amazon.com
Photos from this weekend of: 1) Temporary Mesh Netting installed at Big Creek/Cow Cliffs (Sat-PM 28.5); 2) Rock fall at Lucia (Sun-PM 23); Rock fall at Paul’s (Sun-PM 26.10); and Partington Ridge (this am—PM 38.6)
The weekend’s inclement weather gave us various small slides at multiple locations, but thankfully and diligently, we have been able get the roadway clear and provide good news for tomorrow morning, weather permitting.
EFFECTIVE TOMORROW MORNING, TUESDAY, FEB. 7 AT 7 AM (WEATHER PERMITTING):
*DUE TO MORE SLIDE MATERIAL AT PAUL’S SLIDE (PM 21.6), All Motorists may travel north on Hwy. 1 from Cambria to Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.3) or south on Hwy. 1 from Carmel to Lucia (PM 23).
*If you have been following our updates, you know we have dealt with various challenges, below is the status:
1) Mud Creek (PM 8.8)—continues with drilling taking place and daytime one-way traffic control (flagging). However, slide material continues to come down. Expect 20-30 minute delays.
2) The culvert has been replaced/repaired at PM 14.4 and is no longer covered with steel plates just north of Sand Dollar Beach (PM 13.85).
3) At Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6), although we have a temporary stop sign and eventually a traffic signal—MORE MATERIAL IS COMING DOWN AND THERE IS STILL A FULL CLOSURE AT PAUL’S. (see photo).
4) There was a small slide at Lucia (PM 23) this weekend, but has been cleared. (see photo)
5) Temporary mesh netting took place this Saturday at Big Creek/Cow Cliffs (PM 28.35), allowing the roadway to open at this location. (see photo)
6) There was a slide this morning at Partington Ridge (PM 38.6), necessitating the roadway to close at Fuller’s but has been cleared and will be open to traffic. (see photo).
The roadway is not passable between PAUL’S SLIDE (PM 21.6) and LUCIA (PM 23).
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Our Maintenance, Geotech and Construction crews continue to work collaboratively and diligently, as much as safely possible in response to these rock/mudslides.
Another update will be provided on around tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 7 afternoon, or sooner if conditions change.
Susana Z. Cruz nature-flower-blue-motif
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Office
10:59 AM 9  27-D5 SB LANE JSO LUCIA LODGE IS SINKING CALTRANS PUTTING OUT CONES / WILL DIRECT TRAFF TO NB LANES
Per CHP this am –
7:32 AM  27-D5 CALTRANS ADVISED TO OPEN RD TEMP FOR LOCALS IN 30 MINS BUT WILL NEED TO SHUT IT DOWN IN AN HOUR TO CLEAN UP SLIDE JNO MM 26
6:59 AM 7  27-D5 CALTRANS 1097
6:15 AM 6  ALSO NB LANE NEEDS TO BE CLRD JNO MM 23 (ED NOTE: MM23 IS LUCIA)
6:12 AM 5  27-D5 / REQ CALTRANS FOR SLIDE 1125 ENTIRE RD JNO MM 26 (ED NOTE: MM26 IS GAMBOA POINT)
Also, on Highway 152 At Poleline, is closed until approximately 2/10/17 due to mudslide pushing K rail into road on the Santa Cruz County side.
For the first time in recent history (probably ever) The Weather Channel specifically mentions Lucia, Gorda, and Cambria, the biggest town – of a whopping 6,000 – being Cambria. It is because this is where this next big storm is expected to come ashore. This will find us late tonight or early tomorrow. The last one took aim at Santa Cruz and Big Sur Valley. Now it is our turn. I am as ready as I can be. Take advantage of this break, as the next one is not due until Thursday.
Take a look at the info I added to the last post, The Calm Before the Storm, for some good info and links about this Atmospheric River.