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)
HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, July 24—NO CHANGES
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.
The rain is giving us a break today, so maybe Cal Trans can get some work done. Remember, for today and tomorrow, Highway One is closed at night from Ragged Point to Dolan Point, and during the day from Limekiln Bridge to Dolan Point due to new movement at Paul’s Slide late yesterday afternoon. This means, Highway One is NOT a through road this weekend, AND coming over Nacimiento will NOT get you through to the north. If anyting changes I will let you know. Otherwise, have a quiet peaceful day before the next round, tomorrow afternoon,
Yesterday, Cal -Trans held a community meeting at the Willow Springs Maintenace Yard regarding the 18-month long project at “Elephant’s Trunk” and “Cow Cliffs.” (I am going to work on getting Don Harlan’s paper on the various place-names for highway spots down here all on one page so that it will be easy to refer to.) It was well attended by both Cal Trans and the Community members. To accommodate businesses and locals, the times for the overnight closures have been changed to 10 pm-7am, Sunday nights through Friday mornings for a four month period which will begin on the first. The project will proceed well past that time, but like the Rocky Creek Viaduct, over night closures are necessary due to the narrowness of the road and the need to install the pilings.
Ever since the signals went in, even before they were operational, Rock Knocker expressed some misgivings about how well they would work, given the distance between them. Yesterday, just before 6 pm, we got a first hand demonstration of his concerns manifested. We were the 5th car in line when our signal turned green for us, the north-bound traffic, to proceed. We were all moving forward when a car came through toward us. We all stopped so he could wiggle through. We began to try to move forward, and again, another car came at us. Then another, and another, and another. All together, 12 cars proceeded south bound when the light was green for the north bound traffic to proceed. Either there was something wrong with the signals, or 12 different people decided to run the light. Given the length of this project, the length of the signaled area, and the curvy nature of the area, rendering oncoming traffic not visible until the last minute, it is only a matter a time before there will be an accident there, tying up traffic on Highway One for potentially a long time. I advise extreme caution when traveling through this area, north of Ragged Point. Even if your signal is green, proceed slowly and with caution.
Hi Kate, Just wanted to give you a heads up that we are going to be closing the road right now (Friday night 8pm) at the Willow Springs maintenance station and at Ragged point due to multiple slides between here and there.
Greg DeAlba Jr.
Willow Springs Maintenance Yard
I am sure Greg and crew will be working on clearing these slides at first light and will have the road open as fast as possible. There were several times earlier this evening where it was raining 3″ an hour for a while.
Road closures begin TOMORROW – Friday, Jan. 31 – in support of training in progress involving the 2nd Battalion of The 75th Ranger Regiment, The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the 446th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve.
Mission Road at Jolon Road, in the old main gate area, and Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to Big Sur, California. See the map for details – all roads indicated between the letter points will be closed, as well as all training areas and dirt roads adjacent to them.
Two closures a day: Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 3 and 5. The first one each day will be between noon and 1:30 p.m. and the second between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The closures could be as long as 45 minutes each but will be limited to the minimum time needed to maintain safety for the operations.
NO THROUGH TRAFFIC will be allowed during the closures, including access to and from Highway 1, the Los Padres National Forest, and into or out of the Fort Hunter Liggett cantonment area. Anyone arriving during the closure will be held in the old main gate area on Mission Road at Jolon Road or at the bridge which marks the installation’s western boundary on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Fort Hunter Liggett’s commuter buses to Salinas and Paso Robles will not be affected by the closures. Employees, visitors and others should be aware of the possibility of delay during these times.
Today’s Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 9 am
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
** UPDATE #51 **
HIGHWAY 1/ROCKY CREEK VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME ROADWORK AND INTERMITTENT OVERNIGHT CLOSURES
SPECIAL ADVANCE NOTIFICATION: THERE WILL BE FOUR, FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES, FROM 11 PM TO 7 AM, STARTING MONDAY, OCT. 14 THROUGH THURSDAY, OCT. 17 (OPENING FRIDAY MORNING) TO REMOVE THE VIADUCT FALSEWORK.
Daytime roadwork on Highway 1 at Rocky Creek continues next week from 7 am to 5 pm Monday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 11, with 10-minute delays as needed.
NOTE: There will be NO OVERNIGHT CLOSURES OR NIGHT ROADWORK next week (Sunday, Oct. 6 through Thursday, Oct. 10).
Daytime work being performed next week consists of delivery of materials and paving the following week.
NOTE: Through traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed southbound half of the viaduct while work continues on the northbound half.
IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: THERE WILL BE TWO OVERNIGHT FULL CLOSURES: Monday, Sept. 16 and Tuesday, Sept. 17—from 9 pm to 7 am to pour the east side of the viaduct deck. Tuesday night’s full closure may not be necessary. Caltrans will send an update on Tuesday, Sept. 17 as soon as confirmation is received either way.
First let me notify everyone that the 21st Jade Festival is almost here. It will be held, as always, at Pacific Valley School. It will be held Friday, Oct.5 from noon to 6, Saturday, 10-6, and Sunday 10-5. This year, it will be important to close down on time on Sunday so that vendors can pack up and get through Rocky Creek before they close the road. Other than that, the closure should not affect the festival. As has become standard, we have lots of music, good food, jade, and other gems, good family fun. As it is held at the school, and is a family event, no alcohol or drugs allowed and all furry family members must be on a leash.
Second, I am getting lots of inquiries regarding the Rock Creek closures. I will post all announcements of closures right here on my front page as soon as i get them. I have posted six different times so far, so I will give a simplified or Readers Digest version here. Basically, if you plan on night closures every Sunday-Thursday night from Oct 8th thru the end of January, you won’t be surprised and caught off guard. (we will know the exact 10 hour closure time next week, but so far, it is looking like 9 pm-7am?) During the day, the road will be one lane, controlled traffic. While delays are supposed to be only 10 minutes, I got reports of 1/2 hour delays today. Give yourself extra time to make it to work, or your lunch reservation, or whatever brings you down our way. Get to know the visitor in the car behind you or in front, take photos of the stoppage, enjoy your time here.
Other stories? Okay, I admit. I made that up. Let me see if I can find a photo for you.