Highway One Closure Update & Photos, 2/6/17

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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)

***NEW INFORMATION***

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[1]
Caltrans District 5
Acting Manager
Public Information Office

Weekend Highway One Closures

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***NEW INFORMATION***

DURING DAYTIME HOURS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY:

*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 Dolan Pt. (PM 29.70).

*We have multiple areas with challenges, the biggest being at:

1) Mud Creek (PM 8.8)—drilling taking place with daytime one-way traffic control (flagging).
2) We have a failed culvert at PM 14.4 but it is now temporarily passable, 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—MORE MATERIAL IS COMING DOWN AND THERE IS A FULL CLOSURE AT PAUL’S.
4) At Big Creek/Cow Cliffs (28.09/28.35) we have a hard closure due to damaged rock netting and exposed rock fall.

*Locals may travel north today on Hwy. 1 from Cambria to just south of PAUL’S SLIDE (PM 21.6)*

The roadway is not passable between PAUL’S SLIDE (PM 21.6) and Dolan Pt. (PM 29.70).

OVERNIGHT CLOSURES: Hwy. 1 will remain closed overnight from Ragged Point (SLO 72.87) to Dolan Pt. (MON. 29.

Highway Access, 2/3/17

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TWO PHOTOS OF PAUL’S SLIDE (PM 21.6), AND TWO OF MUD CREEK (PM 8.8) RESPECTIVELY, FROM YESTERDAY.

***NEW INFORMATION***

DURING DAYTIME HOURS ONLY:

*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 Dolan Pt. (PM 29.70).

11:30 AM – CORRECTION TO ABOVE:

* Due to the temporary stop sign at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)…
All Motorists may travel north on Hwy. 1 from Cambria to LUCIA (PM 23) or south on Hwy. 1 from Carmel to Dolan Pt. (PM 29.70).

*We have multiple areas with challenges, the biggest being at:

1) Mud Creek (PM 8.8)—drilling taking place with daytime one-way traffic control (flagging).
2) We have a failed culvert at PM 14.4 but it is now temporarily passable, covered with steel plates, just north of Sand Dollar Beach (PM 13.85).
3) At Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6), we now have a temporary stop sign and one lane accessible to locals only.
4) At Big Creek/Cow Cliffs (28.09/28.35) we have a hard closure due to damaged rock netting and exposed rock fall.

*Locals may travel north today on Hwy. 1 from Cambria to just south of Big Creek Bridge (PM 28)*

The roadway is not passable between Big Creek (PM 28.09) and Dolan Pt. (PM 29.70).

OVERNIGHT CLOSURES: Hwy. 1 will remain closed overnight from Ragged Point (SLO 72.87) to Dolan Pt. (MON. 29.70) .

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 Monday morning, Feb. 6, or sooner if conditions change.

Highway 1 Update, 1/24/17

Found this on twitter from Cal Trans District 5. This is past the “slide” on the south end of Mud Creek. Oops, someone didn’t see the drain pipe before digging.

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3 pm update –
***INFORMATION REMAINS THE SAME AS THIS MORNING***
Next update tomorrow, Wednesday 1/25/17 around noon.

Photos of Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) and Big Creek Slide (PM 28.09), respectively, from yesterday afternoon.
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(Second photo of Big Creek refuses to be uploaded.)
*We have numerous slides between the closure points, the largest being at: Mud Creek (PM 8.8), Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6, shown above), at Big Creek (PM 28.09, one shown above) and at Anderson Cyn. Bridge (PM 35.4)

NEW INFO—FOR ALL MOTORISTS, LOCALS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ONLY

FOR ALL MOTORISTS: PAUL’S SLIDE (PM 21.6) IS NOT PASSABLE/ESCORTABLE TODAY…NEW SLIDES KEEP ROAD CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT (SLO PM 72.87) TO FULLER’S (MON PM 42) DUE TO ROCK/MUDSLIDES AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS. All Motorists may travel south on Hwy. 1 from Carmel to Fuller’s (PM 42) or travel north from Cambria to Ragged Point.

FOR LOCALS RESIDENTS ONLY: Local residents can travel south from Carmel to JPB State Park (PM 35.84) Also, there is ONE LANE OPEN at Big Creek (PM 28.09); locals are allowed to travel from south of the Burns Creek Bridge (PM 34.24—SOUTH of the Anderson Slide) to Lucia (PM 23), but NOT SOUTH PAST PAUL’S SLIDE (21.6), OR NORTH PAST ANDERSON SLIDE (PM 35.4)

EMERGENCY SERVICES ONLY: Can get South from Fuller’s past Anderson Slide to Lucia (PM 23) but NOT SOUTH PAST PAUL’S SLIDE (21.6)

+++CHP CONTINUES WITH NORTHERN CLOSURE OF HWY. 1 AT FULLER’S (PM 42)–EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY ALLOWED THRU ANDERSON CLOSURE–LOCALS WILL BE CITED BY CHP AND NOT ALLOWED TO TURN AROUND+++

ROADWAY IS ONLY PASSABLE TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, BUT ONLY WHERE MENTIONED ABOVE.

Another update will be provided this afternoon, Tuesday, Jan. 24, or sooner if conditions change.

Susana Z. Cruz nature-flower-blue-motif[1]
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Officer/

Cal Trans Update, 1/19/17

Attached is a picture from yesterday morning (Wednesday, Jan. 18) of the Nepenthe Slide Clean Up (PM 43.91)

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HERE IS TODAY’S HWY. 1 CLOSURE UPDATE FOR THURSDAY, JAN. 19:

State Route 1 continues to be closed from Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) to Lucia (MON PM 23.00) due to rock/mudslides in multiple locations.

Motorists may travel south on Hwy. 1 from Carmel to Lucia or travel north from Cambria to Ragged Point.

In addition there is a full closure on Hwy. 1 at Mud Creek (MON PM 8.88) due to a mud/rock slides within the existing boundary of this closure.

For the time being, Hwy 1 is open to LOCAL RESIDENTS traveling south from Monterey who can safely get around via escort/flagger around the closure at Paul’s slide (MON PM 21.6) down to Gorda (PM 10) between 8 am until 4 pm.

Another update will be provided tomorrow afternoon, Friday, Jan. 20 or sooner if conditions change.

How Paul’s Slide got its name …

I received this from a local (South Coast) businessman:

“Sorry kate..i don’t follow the ‘local vernacular names of slides..’ not sure where ‘Paul’s Slide’ is.” Hmmm… You don’t follow?? What does that mean? You think these are just the names we locals made up for each other? Paul’s Slide is north of the Rock Shed, and south of the Hermitage. It is listed on Cal Trans  – and many other Mile Markers guides. As I was answering him/her, I realized that many of you are relatively new to my blog or the South Coast and may not know the history of the names of our most re-occurring slides.

Paul’s slide was named after Paul Collins who worked with Rock Knocker in the 80’s and 90’s at Willow Springs. Some of these names have persisted for over 60 years. Long before many of us were even here. Paul’s Slide, as a name, has only been around a bit over 30 years. I have been sworn to secrecy as to WHY Don Harlan named this one Paul’s Slide.

Here is what I responded to the South Coast business man.

“XXXX, these aren’t “local vernacular names of slides.” Don Harlan named them. And all Cal Trans and the locals follow the tradition Don started.

Don Harlan was born and raised here. His family dates back to the 1800’s. [He watched the North and South sections of Highway One get connected in the 30’s.] They had equipment on the ranch which he learned to run as a child, and when Cal Trans needed an equipment operator, they hired him. He was sent up to Livermore, where he was a lead worker, and then he was returned to the South Coast as Supervisor at Willow Springs in the 50’s until he retired in the 80s. He taught Rock Knocker every thing he knows. He came to Rock Knocker’s and my wedding (in 1993) wearing his hard hat when he was in his 80’s. He was never without it.

Don Harlan typed up the names of all the slides in an 11 page document, how the names came to be, and a hand drawn map of the area indicating where they were. I scanned and posted all of this in a continuing story on my blog a few years ago. Don Harlan was an Original Road Warrior, and there was no one like him then, and none now. Cal Trans has a copy of this historic document, as do I. I scanned it.

If you are interested in the area in which you live, look it up on my blog. Then read it….”

Here is my introductory piece to get you started. Now it is up to you to learn the rest. (Enter Don Harlan or Personality One in the search box for more.)

How Elephant Trunk Got its Name

Also, one might be interested in reading the geological history and definition of terms about rock falls, rock slides, debris flows etc. with maps etc. which can be found in the pages links to the right on the History of Highway One.

This is an absolutely fascinating study on the history of mud and rock slides along Highwsay One in Big Suri from the opening of the hiway until 2000. MUST read for all of us interested in this,

History of Closures of Highway One in Big Suro (Thanks Jeff Mallory for finding this and sharing it.)