Posted by: Stan Russell | December 11, 2017

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Dec. 11

Photos: 1-3 of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from last Thursday, Dec. 7; photos 4-6 of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) .

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Dec. 11

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 with the projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

Last week the contractor continued placing rock revetment, working from the north going south, continued constructing the south fill embankment and also constructing the middle portion of the fill. These same operations will continue this week.

the contractor continued placing rock revetment, working from the north going south and will place rock revetment across the entire toe. Also, construction continues of the south fill embankment. These same operations will continue this week.

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

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.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)

Final work continues for several weeks. Roadwork at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge consists of alternating lane closures from 7 am to 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 7 am to 2 pm on Fridays until work is complete. Last week the contractor performed concrete finishing on the structure, prep, zinc coating and painting on girders, final grading in the canyon and underground installation for the seismic monitoring equipment. This week, the contractor will continue the painting and concrete finishing activities and begin installation of the joint seal assemblies, anticipating completion at the end of the week. Additionally, they will begin placing erosion control on the project—activities this week will require lane closures, as mentioned above.

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

Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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Posted by: Stan Russell | December 4, 2017

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Dec. 4

Photos: 1-3 of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from last Friday, Dec. 1—first two pix (aerials), courtesy of John Madonna, Pic #3—courtesy of Kyle Evans; photos 4-5 of Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) paving from Thursday, Nov. 30; photo #6 of Paul’s Slide—aerial courtesy of John Madonna from last Friday, Dec. 1.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Dec. 4

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 with the projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

Last week the contractor continued placing rock revetment, working from the north going south, continued constructing the south fill embankment and also constructing the middle portion of the fill. These same operations will continue this week.

the contractor continued placing rock revetment, working from the north going south and will place rock revetment across the entire toe. Also, construction continues of the south fill embankment. These same operations will this week.

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

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.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)

Final work continues for several weeks. Roadwork at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge consists of alternating lane closures from 7 am to 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 7 am to 2 pm on Fridays until work is complete. The contractor continues reshaping the canyon.

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

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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REMINDER OF THE PAVING AND FULL CLOSURE AT PAUL’S SLIDE (PM 21.6) TOMORROW, THURSDAY, NOV. 30 FROM 7:30 AM TO 4 PM.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Nov. 27

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, except for Thursday, Nov. 30 from 7:30 am to 4 pm at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—both north and south gates at Paul’s will be closed as paving will occur and roadway will be impassable at this location during this time only.

Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

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para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

805.549.3138

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Posted by: Stan Russell | November 27, 2017

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Nov. 27

Photos: 1-3 of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from last Monday, Nov. 20; photos 4-5 of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) from Nov. 17.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Nov. 27

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, except for Thursday, Nov. 30 from 7:30 am to 4 pm at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—both north and south gates at Paul’s will be closed as paving will occur and roadway will be impassable at this location during this time only.

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 with the projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

Last week, the contractor continued placing rock revetment, working from the north going south and will place rock revetment across the entire toe. Also, construction continues of the south fill embankment. These same operations will this week.

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

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.PLEASE BE ADVISED: There will be no access through Paul’s Slide due to paving on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 7:30 am to 4 pm—gates will be closed north and south of Paul’s and roadway will be impassable at this location during this time only; the only access will be from the north.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)

Final work continues for several weeks. Roadwork at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge consists of alternating lane closures from 7 am to 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 7 am to 2 pm on Fridays until work is complete. Last week, the contractor stacked and banded material and demobilized from project as well as prepped bolts and girders for painting. The contractor has begun reshaping the canyon.

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

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from last Monday

Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from last Monday

Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from last Monday

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52

Posted by: Stan Russell | November 27, 2017

MISSING HIKER DAVID LAIHO HAS BEEN RESCUED

Hello Big Sur!

Missing hiker, David Laiho, has been found and rescued. He is in good health and does not need an ambulance. He will be reunited with his wife shortly.

Thank you to Monterey County Search & Rescue, CHP Coastal Division Air Operations and all involved agencies for this great outcome!

Regards,
Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
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Posted by: Stan Russell | November 27, 2017

David Laiho, Missing Hiker, Salmon Creek area of Big Sur

My husband, David Laiho, went missing hiking in Big Sur. He started at and planned to finish at the Salmon Creek trailhead. The last time we talked was Wednesday, November 22 at noon. He was supposed to be back Saturday, November 25 in the morning. His car was found still at the trailhead. The Monterey Sheriff’s Department and Search and Rescue are already involved. Is it possible to post to your site to see if anyone saw him during this period? And if so, could they provide information as to when and where? I have attached two pictures of him.

If you see or know where David is located please contact Monterey County Sheriffs Search and Rescue at (831) 647-7911.

David Laiho, missing hiker in the Salmon Creek area of Big Sur.

David Laiho, missing hiker in the Salmon Creek area of Big Sur.

Lily Laiho
lily.laiho@gmail.com

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Posted by: Stan Russell | November 13, 2017

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Nov. 13

Photo 1-3 of Mud Creek (PM 8.9)—revetment work continues and photos 4 and 5 of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge—contractor stripping overhangs and removing project cameras.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Nov. 13*

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 with the projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

Last week, the contractor continued placing rock revetment, working from the north going south and will place rock revetment across the entire toe. Roadwork continues to construct the south fill embankment. These same operations will continue this week.

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

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.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)

Final work continues for several weeks. Roadwork at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge consists of alternating lane closures from 7 am to 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 7 am to 2 pm on Fridays until work is complete. The contractor stripped the right side bridge overhang and brackets and removed the project cameras last week. This week they will begin stacking and banding material to demobilize.

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

* NOTE: THE NEXT UPDATE WILL BE ON MONDAY, NOV. 27…HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING! ☺

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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NEWS RELEASE

Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres Issues Closure Order for Key Trails, Camps on Monterey Ranger District

GOLETA, CA, November 7, 2017…Los Padres National Forest officials today issued a forest order to maintain a temporary closure of the Pine Ridge (Forest Trail No. E306), Terrace Creek (Forest Trail No. 3E22) and Ventana Camp (Forest Trail No. 2E14) trails, as well as Barlow Flat, Sykes, Redwood, Terrace Creek and Ventana Camps.

The remainder of the Soberanes Fire closure instituted last December on the Monterey Ranger District has been lifted.

Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the new closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. The order will expire November 6, 2018.

The closure order prohibits the public from being on these three trails or entering these five developed recreation sites due to continued public safety and natural resource concerns within the Soberanes Fire burn area. The closure will remain in effect until the hazardous trails conditions can be mitigated. Adequate surveys of these trails are being undertaken to determine the amount of damage, the subsequent repair needs, environmental planning, and funding sources to accomplish the necessary trail repair work before allowing public access to these popular trails and camps.

The scoping regarding this temporary closure included discussions with local landowners, members of the public, government agencies, as well as cooperators and volunteers.

For additional information, please contact the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434, or by visiting the Los Padres National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

Posted by: Stan Russell | November 6, 2017

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Nov. 6

Photo 1 of Mud Creek (PM 8.9)—revetment work continues and photos 2 and 3 of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge—contractor stripping overhangs.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Nov. 6

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 and photo shows revetment work. The projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

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

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.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)

Final work continues for several weeks. Roadwork at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge consists of alternating lane closures from 7 am to 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 7 am to 2 pm on Fridays until work is complete. The contractor had been stripping the left side overhang (see photos) and removed the soffit brackets in the bays of the bridge. They are stacking and banding the forming materials and staging them in the office yard to be demobilized. Roadwork this week consists of stripping the right side overhang, stacking and banding material to be moved to office yard and stripping the Abutment 1 end diaphragm. Contractor will resume contouring the material in the canyon.

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

Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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Posted by: Stan Russell | October 30, 2017

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Oct. 30

Photos of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52)

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Oct. 30

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 (see photo). The projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

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

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.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)

Final work continues for several weeks. Roadwork at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge consists of alternating lane closures from 7 am to 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 7 am to 2 pm on Fridays. The contractor has been removing the falsework and soffit for the deck pour, contouring the canyon and demolishing the remainder of the bent 3 column which caused the initial failure of the structure (see photo). Roadwork this week consists of stripping the falsework and contouring the canyon (see photo) . The alternating lane closures are to facilitate stripping of the overhangs.

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

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

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