Posted by: Stan Russell | February 2, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 38*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include the placement of lagging and ground anchors.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows the contractor working on the lagging on the north side of the job on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

-MORE-
*UPDATE #25*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 28), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 29), 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Next week we will be placing forms for the viaduct diaphragms and deck. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

Photo of poured bent cap and abutment—waiting for concrete to set up for new viaduct on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Wednesday, January 25, 2016
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 37*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include the placement of lagging and ground anchors.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows the deepest part of the retaining wall on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.
-MORE-

*UPDATE #24*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES—FIRST OVERNIGHT FULL CLOSURE THURSDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 28

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 28), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 29), 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Cow Cliffs will have its first overnight full closure on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 10 pm until 6 am (Friday morning from PM28-PM29) to place girders on the viaduct. Electronic message boards will be activated to inform motorists of this hard closure. The CHP will assist with traffic control. Motorists are advised to reach their destination by 10 pm on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Next week we will be placing forms for the viaduct diaphragms and deck. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

Photo of poured bent cap and abutment—waiting for concrete to set up for new viaduct on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 21, 2016

Heads up — more rain is on the way.

Heads up — more rain is on the way. Rain will move to the North Bay Thursday evening and bring precipitation to the rest of our region Thursday night into Friday morning. Rain will then switch over to showers. A second round of rain will then move through Friday evening into Saturday morning. Showers are possible into Saturday afternoon along with a slight chance for thunderstorms. Rain could be moderate to heavy at times late Friday into Saturday with the potential for flooding.

In addition to the rain, southerly winds will be on the increase on Friday with many spots likely to gust to over 30 mph. Conditions at the coast will also be hazardous as a long period westerly swell moves into our local waters.

Please see our special weather statement for more information:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/MTR/SPSMTR

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE #23*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES—FIRST OVERNIGHT FULL CLOSURE NEXT THURSDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 28

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge, 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Cow Cliffs will have its first overnight full closure on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 10 pm until 6 am (Friday morning) to place girders on the viaduct. Electronic message boards will be activated to inform motorists of this hard closure. The CHP will assist with traffic control. Motorists are advised to reach their destination by 10 pm on Thursday, Jan. 28.

There will be daytime roadwork next week including the backfilling of the abutment walls at Cow Cliffs. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm <http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm> . Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 19, 2016

Hwy 1 open at 10 pm

Hello Big Sur!

Caltrans informed me that the closure at Fernwood is now open. There is however a slide blocking the southbound lane one mile south of Big Sur Station. Caltrans will be out at first light to clean up that slide and the rest of the accumulation from overnight.

Power is restored.

Be safe!

Stan Russell

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 19, 2016

Highway 1 to close tonight at 6PM for PGE to fix power lines

Hello Big Sur!

Highway 1 will have a hard closure at approximately 6:00 PM tonight until PGE can cut the tree and repair the power lines that fell earlier today adjacent to Fernwood Resort. CHP website is stating this will be a 4-6 hour closure. Keep an eye on CHP website for updates and stay off the highway if you can. There are several slides and lots of rocks raining down on Highway 1.

Diverting traffic through Fernwood campground is no longer an option tonight.

http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

Regards,
Stan Russell

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 19, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

Hello Big Sur!
There are many small slides and debris flows along Highway 1 throughout Big Sur. Be careful!
Stan

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 36*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include the placement of lagging and ground anchors.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows the jobsite looking north on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

-MORE-

*UPDATE #22*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge, 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Cow Cliffs will have daytime roadwork next week will be backfilling the abutment walls at Cow’s cliff. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will have one-way signalized traffic control 24/7, which is already in place. However, full overnight closures will not take place until approximately February, weather permitting, to place girders on half of the viaduct.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

Photo of poured bent cap and abutment—waiting for concrete to set up for new viaduct on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

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Posted by: Stan Russell | January 16, 2016

Highway 1 open at noon

Hello Big Sur!
Highway 1 is fully open as of noon.
Be safe!
Stan

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 16, 2016

HWY 1 open with 1-way controlled traffic. Fully open by noon…

Hello Big Sur!

Highway 1 is now open with one-way controlled traffic at the slide zone. The update is that the slide occurred in the curve near Partington cove. Colin tells me they are expecting the road will be fully open by noon, weather permitting.

Please bookmark the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page and download the CHP app for your phone. We fully expect this to be a very dynamic winter season, AKA normal.
http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

Here are a couple photos supplied by Caltrans this morning.

Regards,
Stan Russell

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 15, 2016

Hwy 1 Closure tonight Coast Gallery to JP Burns State Park

Hello Big Sur!
5:30 PM

I just received a call from Colin Jones at Caltrans and Highway 1 will be closed overnight just south of Coast Gallery (MM 40.9) to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (MM 36.0).
The closure will start at sundown and they will re-evaluate at first light tomorrow morning.

CHP website is presently misreporting the incident at “Pfeiffer Big Sur Main Entrance Road” and Colin will be calling them to get that corrected.

Looks like we will have consistent rain throughout the weekend. Plan accordingly and be safe!

Regards,
Stan Russell

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