Posted by: Stan Russell | May 21, 2018

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, May 21

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.

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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).

ADDITIONAL WORK—CALPORTLAND PAVING BETWEEN LUCIA (PM 23) AND JUST SOUTH OF PCB (45.52)

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.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

The next update will be on Tuesday, May 29.

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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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.

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Posted by: Stan Russell | May 17, 2018

Big Sur Fire Muster/Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle

Reminder from Big Sur Fire:

Big Sur Fire Muster will be held at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Saturday, June 9 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. All of the usual events and great food are planned, of course, and this year, the Big Sur Fire Muster will have an added element to the day – the honoring of Bob Thompson’s generous gift to Big Sur Fire and to the Big Sur Health Center. This program will start at 1:30 pm and will have all the firefighters in their Class B uniforms up front by the stage where the band plays. Part of the program will be to announce the creation of the Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle, and honor Bob as the Founding Member. The program will last no longer than 30 minutes, and a printed program outlining the event will be handed out to all attendees at the Muster entrance. Bob’s partner, Sharon O’Grady and several of Bob’s family from out of the area and family friends will be in attendance as our guests.

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Big Sur Fire honors those who have made a lasting commitment

to our community by recognizing them as members of the

Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle

The Board of Directors of Big Sur Fire (BSF) announce the creation of the Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle, the purpose of which is to honor donors who make planned gifts to BSF. The Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle is a specially recognized list of donors who have named BSF in their will or another form of planned gift. Planned gifts are an extraordinary way to leave a lasting legacy to honor you, your family, and your community.

Bequests naming Big Sur Fire are one of the simplest ways you can provide for the future safety of our community. Gifts to Big Sur Fire are completely exempt from estate taxes. Participation includes bequests, insurance policies and various other kinds of planned giving instruments.

The very generous bequest given to Big Sur Fire by Robert Thompson is the first realized gift to the Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle and as such Bob is the Founding Member. We appreciate and are thankful for the farsighted gift and deep commitment Bob had for the continued safety of our community and its visitors.

Today we honor Bob and celebrate his charitable spirit by launching the

Big Sur Fire Legacy Circle.

Big Sur Fire Mission

Provide dependable fire protection and emergency services for Big Sur

with teamwork, respect and integrity.

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Robert A. Thompson

(1943 – 2017)

Robert A. Thompson, 74, of Berkeley, CA, died on July 29, 2017. Bob was born February 11, 1943, in Chicago, IL, to the late Dr. Kenneth R.M. and Helen Hevron Thompson. He graduated from Morgan Park High School, received his BA from Stanford University in 1965, was a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria 1965-66, and received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1969. Bob joined the San Francisco law firm of Pettit & Martin, where he specialized in commercial real estate law. After Pettit & Martin closed in 1995, Bob joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, where he continued to practice real estate law as a partner until his death.

Along with many other projects, Bob worked on the development of UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, the redevelopment of San Francisco’s Pier One and Ferry Building, the redevelopment of Hunters Point Shipyard, Treasure Island Naval Station, and Presidio National Park. He served as a Governor of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Chair of both the American Bar Association and ACREL legal opinion committees, and Chair of the San Francisco Urban Land Institute District Council.

Bob had a longstanding commitment to pro bono work. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and also on the boards of One Justice, the San Francisco Legal Aid Society/Employment Law Center, and the Youth Law Center.

He loved his work, discussing politics and philosophy, and his second home and close friends in Big Sur, CA.

He will be missed by many, including his partner, Sharon O’Grady; his brothers Kenneth Thompson of Chicago, IL; Bruce Thompson of Pine Mountain, GA; and John Thompson of North Chelmsford, MA; and their families.

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 14, 2018

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, May 14

SPECIAL NOTE:The full, daytime closure at Paul’s today, May 14, 2018 from 7 AM to 5 PM and is required due to equipment blocking the lane to make repairs to the Hermitage Tieback Wall. Paul’s should reopen by 5 PM on the same day, today, Monday, May 14.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, May 14

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 constructing the north fill and continue the north cut.

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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 at Paul’s is taking place today, Monday, May 14, 2018 from 7 AM to 5 PM and is required due to equipment blocking the lane to make repairs to the Hermitage Tieback Wall. Paul’s should reopen by 5pm on the same day, today, Monday, May 14.

ADDITIONAL WORK—CALPORTLAND PAVING BETWEEN LUCIA (PM 23) AND JUST SOUTH OF PCB (45.52)

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.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

The next update will be on Monday, May 21

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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Mud Creek Photos (PM 8.9), from Thursday, May 10.

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 14, 2018

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, May 14

SPECIAL NOTE:The full, daytime closure at Paul’s today, May 14, 2018 from 7 AM to 5 PM and is required due to equipment blocking the lane to make repairs to the Hermitage Tieback Wall. Paul’s should reopen by 5 PM on the same day, today, Monday, May 14.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, May 14

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 constructing the north fill and continue the north cut.

.

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 at Paul’s is taking place today, Monday, May 14, 2018 from 7 AM to 5 PM and is required due to equipment blocking the lane to make repairs to the Hermitage Tieback Wall. Paul’s should reopen by 5pm on the same day, today, Monday, May 14.

ADDITIONAL WORK—CALPORTLAND PAVING BETWEEN LUCIA (PM 23) AND JUST SOUTH OF PCB (45.52)

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.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

The next update will be on Monday, May 21

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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Mud Creek Photos (PM 8.9), from Thursday, May 10.

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 7, 2018

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, May 7

SPECIAL NOTE: The full, daytime closure at Paul’s has been re-scheduled for Monday, May 14, 2018 from 7 AM to 5 PM is required due to equipment blocking the lane to make repairs to the Hermitage Tieback Wall. Paul’s should reopen by 5 PM on the same day, Monday, May 14.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, May 7

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 constructing the north fill and continue the north cut.

.

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 at Paul’s on May 11, 2018 from 7 AM to 5 PM is required due to equipment blocking the lane to make repairs to the Hermitage Tieback Wall. Paul’s should reopen by 5pm on the same day, Friday, May 11.

ADDITIONAL WORK—CALPORTLAND PAVING BETWEEN LUCIA (PM 23) AND JUST SOUTH OF PCB (45.52)

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.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

The next update will be on Monday, May 14

Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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Mud Creek Photos (PM 8.9), from Friday, May 4.

Mud Creek Photos (PM 8.9), from Friday, May 4.

Mud Creek Photos (PM 8.9), from Friday, May 4.

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May 4, 2018
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Motorists to See Increased Truck Traffic at Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project Starting May 7

Starting Monday, May 7th, motorists will see increased truck traffic at the Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project worksite. This increased volume will continue for two weeks as crews move dirt and materials across Rio Road.

The dirt and materials are being moved from the south side of Rio Road to the north side construction site. Trucks and equipment will be crossing Rio Road at regular five to ten-minute intervals with crews controlling traffic during these crossings.

All other construction work will continue behind the concrete barriers, Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This week, crews will be working on storm drain construction, roadway removal and grading.

Drivers wishing to avoid the intersection may detour to Carmel Valley Road and Carmel Rancho Boulevard. All business and shopping centers remain open during construction.

For more information, or to sign up for project updates, please contact Grant Leonard at grant@tamcmonterey.org or 831-775-4402 or Christine Poe at PoeC@co.monterey.ca.us or at (831)755-5025.

Additional information about the Climbing Lane Project can be found at:

http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/resource-management-agency-rma-/public-works-facilities/current-major-projects/highway-1-climbing-lane

http://www.tamcmonterey.org/news-media/

http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 3, 2018

HIGHWAY 1 CLIMBING LANE PROJECT COMMUNITY MEETING MAY 8th

May 3, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 CLIMBING LANE PROJECT COMMUNITY MEETING MAY 8th

If you have been impacted by the Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project and want to know more about what to expect during the next four months of construction, please plan to attend a community meeting on Tuesday, May 8th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Carmel River Elementary School, located at Monte Verde Street and 15th Avenue in Carmel.

Hosted by 5th District Supervisor Mary Adams, this community meeting will provide an overview of the project, an explanation of the various stages of construction, a project timeline and information on how to stay informed about traffic impacts during construction.

Supervisor Mary Adam’s Office and staff from the Monterey County Resource Management Agency – Public Works will be on hand to hear your comments and concerns.

For more information or to sign up for project updates, please contact Christine Poe atPoeC or (831)755-5025, or Grant Leonard at grant or 831-775-4402.

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

District: District 5 (Central Coast)

Contact: susana.cruz (bilingual) or jim.shivers

Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE*

Caltrans Continues Efforts to Rebuild and Reopen Highway 1

at Mud Creek

New Estimated Opening Slated for Fall 2018

BIG SUR, MONTEREY COUNTY – As Caltrans continues efforts to rebuild and re-open Highway 1 at Mud Creek, the Department has announced a new target of mid-September to get lanes re-opened to traffic.

Department officials announced last August that a new ¼-mile roadway will traverse the site of the massive Mud Creek slide.

The new roadway will be realigned across the landslide and will be buttressed with a series of embankments, berms, rocks, netting, culverts and other stabilizing material according to department engineers and geologists.

This strategy is allowing Caltrans to rebuild the roadway more quickly and at a lower cost than other alternatives such as structures, a tunnel or major earthwork that puts additional fill into the ocean.

“Our commitment is rebuilding Highway 1 and restoring traffic along the Big Sur Coast that has been cut off from the south since April 2017,” said Caltrans Acting District 5 Director Richard Rosales.

The massive landslide occurred on May 20, 2017, dumping more than 6 million cubic yards of material onto the roadway and into the ocean, creating 15 additional acres of coastline, making it the largest slide ever along the Big Sur coast.

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.

Photo of Mud Creek Slide from June 1, 2017

Aerial of Mud Creek Slide–Courtesy of John Madonna from April 26, 2018

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Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

805.549.3138

805.549.3326–fax

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Posted by: Stan Russell | April 25, 2018

Big Sur Fiddle Camp June 10 – 16, 2018

We need some more kids who love to play strings, guitar, cello, banjo, mandolin, violin. If you or anyone you know would like to join us this year please have them contact us.

Lisa G’s band of singers, Wholehearted Chorus, presents their spring concert this Friday night at the Grange at 7pm. This is a true community highlight each year. More than 60 singers plus a new 20-member children’s choir shares songs for the times direct from the heart. They will be joined by local talents John Wineglass and Jayson Fann.

The concert is offered by cash or check donation at the door ($10-20 suggested.) Bring cash for the bake sale benefitting the Big Sur Grange. Carpooling and early arrival recommended.

RSVP & Share on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/172011366833778/

Can’t make it Friday? Wholehearted will offer the concert again on Monday at Hidden Valley Music in Carmel. Get tickets here:
http://wholeheartedchorus.org

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