Posted by: Stan Russell | January 18, 2017

Highway 1 Update, January 18, 11:00 AM

Caltrans
Wednesday, January 18
11:00 AM

ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL NORTH OF NEPENTHE (PM 43.91) PICKED UP LANE CLOSURE AT 11:15 AM DUE TO RAIN

HERE IS TODAY’S HWY. 1 CLOSURE UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18:

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. There is currently one-way traffic control for slide removal at Hwy. 1 north of Nepenthe (PM 43.91) until 2 pm today, or sooner if rain no longer allows it.

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 through the an open lane at Paul’s slide (MON PM 21.6) down to Gorda (PM 10) between 8 am until 4 pm.

Although Paul’s Slide had some slide material come down yesterday, crews will be escorting motorists daily around the closure from 8 am to 4 pm until further notice. Another update will be provided tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, Jan. 19 or sooner if conditions change.

We will continue to work with you in maintaining the roadway safely open as much as possible. The forecast says Big Sur is expecting rain starting today Wednesday, Jan. 18 through next Tuesday, Jan. 24, so no telling how Hwy. 1 will fare. We thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding.

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 18, 2017

Highway 1 morning update

Caltrans
Highway 1 morning update
January 18, 9:00 AM

There is 1-way controlled traffic due to slide removal SR-1 near Nepenthe (North entrance), MON-1-43.91 is expected to last until 2 pm today. Caltrans lead worker says rain is coming around 10-11 am today so closure probably won’t last until 2pm. I’ll provide the regular update this afternoon.

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 17, 2017

Highway 1 Update, 2;30 PM 1/17

CALTRANSHIGHWAY 1 UPDATE
January 17
2:30 PM

Good afternoon,

Here are two pictures. The first one is of Pitkins Rock Shed (PM 21.3) just north of Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) that was installed several years ago and is nicely working to catch rocks and debris from slides that will eventually and safely fall into the ocean.

The other is an aerial of Mud Creek (PM 8.8), our active slide with a full closure in effect . Our local Geotech is meeting with Geotech from San Francisco today to find the best fix for Mud Creek (PM 8.8) It may be a longer than desired process, but we’re looking for the best and safest solution.

THIS AFTERNOON’S UPDATE REMAINS THE SAME AS THIS MORNING:

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 through the an open lane at Paul’s slide (MON PM 21.6) down to Gorda (PM 10) until 4 pm this and each afternoon.

There are no crews currently escorting at Paul’s Slide as all crews are working down at Mud Creek. Another update will be provided tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, Jan. 18.

We will continue to work with you in maintaining the roadway safely open as much as possible. The forecast says Big Sur is expecting rain beginning tomorrow Wednesday, Jan. 18 through next Tuesday, Jan. 24, so no telling how Hwy. 1 will fare. We thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding.

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 17, 2017

Fire Restrictions Lifted on Los Padres National Forest

NEWS RELEASE

Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release

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

Fire Restrictions Lifted on Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, CA, January 17, 2017…Snow and rain across Los Padres National Forest has provided sufficient moisture to reduce fire restrictions on the forest effective immediately.

Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of the Forest. A California Campfire Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). A list of Campfire Use Sites is available at all Forest offices.

Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of five feet in all directions; have a shovel available for preparing and extinguishing the fire; have a responsible person in attendance at all times; and extinguish the fire with water, using the “drown, stir and feel” method. Prohibitions on smoking and target shooting in the Forest have also been lifted.

“As we move into the rainy season and reduce fire restrictions, it’s important to remember that fire can happen at any time of the year,” said Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief Carrie Landon. “I strongly encourage all visitors to exercise caution while they are out enjoying the forest.”

The following fire restrictions will remain in effect:

· Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment;

· A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives;

· Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times;

· Fireworks are prohibited in Los Padres National Forest at all times and in all places.

Visitors are encouraged to call the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481

Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348

Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731

Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538

Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 17, 2017

Highway 1 continues to be closed from Ragged Point to Lucia

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.

Hwy 1 is open to local residents traveling south from Monterey who can safely get around through the open lane at Paul’s slide (MON PM 21.6) down to Gorda (PM 10) until 4 pm this afternoon.

There are no crews escorting at Paul’s Slide today as all crews are working down at Mud Creek. An update will be provided this afternoon.

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 15, 2017

Highway 1 Update 1/15, 11:00 AM

Caltrans Highway 1 Update
Sunday, January 15
11:00 AM

State Route 1 continues to be closed from Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) to Lucia (MON PM 23.00) due to rock/mudslides and trees down 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 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.

Hwy 1 is open to local residents traveling south from Monterey who will be escorted through Paul’s slide (MON PM 21.6) to Gorda (PM 10) until 3 pm this afternoon, Sunday, Jan. 15. However, no escorts will take place on Monday, Jan. 16 due to the State Holiday, hence the road will just remain closed from Ragged Point to Lucia.

An update will be provided on Tuesday morning, Jan. 17.

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 14, 2017

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE 1/14, 11:00 AM

CALTRANS UPDATE
Saturday, January 14, 2017
11:00 AM

State Route 1 continues to be closed from Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) to Lucia (MON PM 23.00) due to rock/mudslides and trees down 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 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.

Hwy 1 is open to local residents traveling south from Monterey who will be escorted through Paul’s slide (MON PM 21.6) to Gorda (PM 10) until 3 pm this afternoon.

This escort will also take place from 8 am until 3 pm on Sunday, Jan. 15. However, no escorts will take place on Monday, Jan. 16 due to the State Holiday, hence the road will just remain closed from Ragged Point to Lucia. An update will be provided at 12 noon tomorrow.

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 13, 2017

Highway 1 Open to Lucia/Closed from Lucia to Ragged Point

Hello Big Sur!
3:00 PM Highway Update
1/13/17

Highway 1 is open from Carmel to Lucia as are all businesses

Highway 1 is closed from Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) to Lucia (MON PM 23.00) due to rock/mudslides and trees down in multiple locations.

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

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

Hwy 1 is open to local residents traveling south who will be escorted through Paul’s slide (MON PM 21.6) to Gorda (PM 10) until 4 pm this afternoon. This escort will also take place from 8 am until 3 pm Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15.

An update will be provided at 12 noon tomorrow.

PAULS SLIDE 1.13.17

MUD CREEK SLIDE 1.13.17

MUD CREEK SLIDE 1.13.17

MUD CREEK SLIDE 1.13.17

MUD CREEK SLIDE 1.13.17

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 13, 2017

Hwy. 1 Closure Update as of 10:20 am

Hwy. 1 Closure Update as of 10:20 am
January 13, 2017

Full Closure on Hwy. 1 to everyone (including local residents) at Mud Creek (MON PM 8.88) due to an active mudslide at this time.

There is no estimated time when this section of Hwy. 1 will re-open.

There is no limited access through this location at the present time.

Next Update this afternoon, Friday, Jan. 13, around 3 pm

The northern closure moves down to Lucia (PM 23) at 8 am today and the southern closure remains at Ragged Pt. (SLO PM 72.87)

There is also still an active slide at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6).

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 13, 2017

HIGHWAY 1 OPEN TO LUCIA

Good morning everyone,

Thank you for your patience in receiving our updates.

Update to the Public and Locals:

Thankfully, the slide at Esalen (PM 33.10) was cleared last night, so the northern closure will move down to Lucia (PM 23) at 8 am. 200 cubic yards of slide material came down Mud Creek (PM 8.8) last night, so the southern closure remains at Ragged Pt. (SLO, PM 72.87).

LOCAL RESIDENTS, EMERGENCY SERVICES AND EMPLOYEES
will have access to and from Ragged Pt. to Pitkins (PM 21) but will most likely have to be escorted around Mud Creek. There is also still an active slide at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6).

So the update to the PUBLIC is:
HWY. 1 REMAINS CLOSED from Ragged Pt. (SLO PM 72.87) to Lucia (PM 23) as of 8 am.

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