Posted by: Stan Russell | April 19, 2021

HIGHWAY 1 AT RAT CREEK TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC AT NOON ON APRIL 23

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Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 AT RAT CREEK TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC AT NOON ON APRIL 23

MONTEREY COUNTY – Caltrans announced today that Highway 1 at Rat Creek in Monterey County will now completely reopen this Friday April 23 at noon. Final roadway paving has advanced at a pace that will allow for this reopening which is one week earlier than previously announced. A full closure has been in place following the January 28 postfire debris flow that washed out 150 feet of the roadway.

Strict road closures currently in place two miles north and three miles south of Rat Creek on Highway 1 will remain in effect until noon that day.

The construction phases for this emergency project have been ordered in such a way as to allow for the rapid reopening of the road even as remaining construction tasks are being completed.

Additional construction activities which will be accomplished over the next few months include installation of permanent guardrail (K-rail now in place), construction of headwalls at the culvert inlets, final grading features, and placement of erosion control measures on both sides of the roadway.

One component yet to be started is a tunneling operation to install a 10 ft. diameter, one-inch thick steel pipe culvert which will pass from the canyon, through the fill below the roadway, and outlet to the ocean. This key piece of infrastructure will substantially improve water flow capacity during future storm events. It will be augmented by a 5 ft. diameter culvert and two 24 in. culverts which have already been installed closer to the grade of the highway. The redundancy of the drainage infrastructure is designed to make the highway more resilient to extreme weather conditions which will allow for safe travel.

Crews have worked on site since immediately after the January 28 washout, seven days a week during daylight hours, and their consistent efforts have made it possible to reopen Highway 1 at Rat Creek in only 86 days. In addition, favorable weather, which has dominated the area since the road washed out, has also been a contributing factor in the rapid completion of the construction activities to this point.

Approximately 70,000 cubic yards of debris material was removed from the canyon while a repair design strategy was being evaluated. Once an enhanced fill strategy was identified in late February, 45,000 cubic yards of fill dirt, capable of being compacted to support the roadway above, was introduced into the canyon.

As crews complete the remaining construction work over the next few months, intermittent traffic control at this location may cause delays for motorists of up to 10 minutes. Message and directional signs will be in place to alert motorists when one way reversing traffic control is required.

Notwithstanding this intermittent traffic control, Highway 1 at Rat Creek will fully reopen on Friday April 23 at noon; welcome news indeed for residents, recreationalists, business owners, and those who move goods through this region.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Inlets for redundant culverts at east side of the roadway 04.14.21

Base for roadway being installed, view looking south 04.14.21

Two 24 in. culverts outlet over slope on west side of roadway 04.14.21

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Kevin Drabinski
Public Information Officer
Caltrans District 5
50 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo CA 93401
Office: 805.549.3138
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Big Sur, CA 93920
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Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 AT RAT CREEK TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC BY APRIL 30

MONTEREY COUNTY – Caltrans announced today it will reopen Highway 1 at Rat Creek in Monterey County by April 30 – nearly two months ahead of its target date. A full closure has been in place following the January 28 mudslide that washed out 150 feet of the roadway.

Caltrans estimated a reopening in early summer when it began major emergency repairs March 1 and has been able to accelerate that timeline with favorable weather conditions. Crews can complete remaining construction work after the road reopens.

“Reopening Highway 1 at Rat Creek just three months after a washout of this magnitude is great news for residents, recreationalists, business owners, and those who move goods through this region,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “Caltrans has been focused on the emergency work needed to increase the resiliency of this highway section to extreme weather, and the fixes made will allow for safe travel.”

Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins added, “Our crews have worked to create a safe road in challenging conditions, and we are excited to reopen this lifeline earlier than expected.”

After Caltrans identified the enhanced fill design repair strategy in late February, crews worked seven days a week during daylight hours to fill the canyon with compacted dirt to the road level. Caltrans will establish the base of a new road during the next two weeks, to be followed by paving and striping.

Caltrans will continue construction work that will require intermittent traffic control at Rat Creek following the reopening as crews will install a new, redundant drainage system. The 10-foot diameter culvert will improve water flow during storms and make the roadway more resilient to extreme weather activity. Caltrans will also work on landscaping and installing permanent guardrails throughout the early summer.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when

driving through highway work zones.

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

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Washout at Highway 1 on Jan. 29, 2021.

Both aerial views show the progress of fill construction looking up the Canyon at Rat Creek from early March (Left) and Mar. 26, 2021.

Both aerial views show the progress of fill construction looking up the Canyon at Rat Creek from early March (Left) and Mar. 26, 2021.

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Things to Know About Re-Opening

Dear Members,

As of today, Monterey County is in the orange tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Additionally, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has made modifications to gatherings, private events, meetings, receptions, conferences and indoor seated live events and performances. These updates will take effect April 15. The Governor has also announced his plans to fully reopen the state on June 15. This will be monumental in moving the needle towards recovery for our destination.

Here is a quick look at the upcoming timeline for groups, meetings, events and more:

Effective Today, April 7
Cultural ceremonies (increased capacity)

  • Can open indoors with modifications
  • Max 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer

Live Performance Events

  • Can open outdoors only with modifications
  • Max capacity 33%, including suites
  • Max capacity of 67% with negative test result or proof of full vaccination
  • Suite max capacity 25%
  • In-state attendees only
  • Advanced reservations only
  • Restricted concessions and dining

Effective April 15
Private Gatherings

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed

Meetings and Receptions

  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people
  • Capacity may increase to 300 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination
  • Indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination but capacity is limited to 150 people

Effective June 15 (Tentative)

  • End to capacity limits at restaurants, bars, indoor attractions and concert venues
  • Conventions will be allowed but until October 1, those with 5,000 or more participants require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test
  • International convention attendees will be allowed only if fully vaccinated

The State has no plans to require proof of vaccination for other activities, but could impose testing or vaccination rules at “large-scale, higher-risk events.” The requirement to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces and in crowded outdoor situations will remain in place indefinitely.

MCCVB is developing a multi-year recovery initiative beginning with a national advertising campaign launching later this month. I look forward to sharing more about our “Now is the Moment” campaign. Thank you for your partnership and support.

Sincerely,

Rob O’ Keefe
President and CEO

Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Today’s Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Caltrans: Colin Jones, Phone: (805) 549-3189
The Nature Conservancy: Juvenio L. Guerra (310) 755-0590
AMBAG: Heather Adamson (831) 264-5086FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY AND AMBAG LAUNCH VIRTUAL REALITY APP FOR USE IN FIGHT AGAINST SEA LEVEL RISE ON THE CENTRAL COAST

MONTEREY COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), The Nature Conservancy, the Association of Monterey Bay Area of Governments (AMBAG) and Virtual Planet Technologies today announced the release of an innovative virtual reality app, Sea Lev- el Rise Explorer, that is playing a key role in addressing sea level rise on Highway 1 along Elkhorn Slough.

The app marks the first time Caltrans is using an immersive visualization tool to address sea level rise and evaluate mitigation options for a major highway in the state. The project builds on Caltrans’ effort to enhance the resilience of both transportation infrastructure and coastal habi- tats to the threats of climate change. The department relocated Highway 1 inland near Hearst Castle in 2017 after coastal erosion threatened its viability.
“Not taking action is not an option,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “Due to sea level rise, we know this section of Highway 1 near Moss Landing and other coastal routes are vulner- able, so Caltrans has made climate action a primary goal. We are making our state transporta- tion system more resilient and sustainable.”

As early as 2030, an eight-mile section of Highway 1 and five miles of railway in Elkhorn Slough, home to extraordinary biological diversity, could experience regular storm and tidal flooding. The railway east of Highway 1 already experiences flooding at extreme high tides. The marsh area, the third largest in the state, is especially vulnerable, with about 85% projected to be inundated with 5 feet of sea level rise.

“The impacts of sea level rise are truly hard to visualize,” said Alyssa Mann, coastal project di- rector at The Nature Conservancy. “Even though we know what is likely to happen, numbers on a spreadsheet and 2D maps are no match for the visceral experience of watching the water lev- el rise, as well as seeing the measures we can take now to make the transportation corridor more resilient and a benefit to nature in the Monterey Bay.”

With only 10% of coastal wetlands remaining and half of that remaining area vulnerable to loss from sea level rise, creative approaches like the virtual reality tool could prove essential to maintaining coastal habitats and reaching California’s goals of protecting 30% of its land and water ecosystem targets by 2030. An in-depth analysis published last year by AMBAG, the Central Coast Highway 1 Climate Resiliency Study, demonstrated a new approach to rebuild the highway to benefit commuters and nature. The study highlighted the need to act quickly to implement solutions by 2050 to minimize losses to transportation and critical habitats. The ef- fort to integrate transportation and natural resource planning not only tackles risks posed to both due to climate change but also explores rebuilding the highway and railway to benefit commuters and nature.

“Not only do we believe this process will lead to better outcomes for the Monterey Bay, we think this unique approach to planning, leveraging available tools and working in partnership with the state and environmental groups will serve as a model for planning throughout the state,” said Heather Adamson, director of planning at AMBAG.
Caltrans recently completed climate change vulnerability assessments for all 12 districts, in- cluding the Central Coast.

The Sea Level Rise Explorer: Elkhorn Slough experience was developed by Virtual Planet Technologies, a startup in Santa Cruz. The experience features a customized 3D virtual space inspired by the visitor center at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and in- cludes a step-by-step guided experience available in English and Spanish.
“As coastal communities worldwide contend with sea level rise and coastal erosion, Virtual Planet is leveraging the latest technology and pairing it with creative storytelling to help these communities better understand the imminent impacts of climate change and visualize practical solutions,” said Juliano Calil, co-founder and chief scientist at Virtual Planet Technologies.“We’re inspired by the potential of this powerful immersive digital experience to educate and drive action and envision a better future for our planet.”

The virtual reality experience can be viewed using Oculus GO VR goggles, smart phones (iOS and Android), and on the web and begins half way through the video. A 360-degree film about it is also available. (Links will be provided).

The $422,000 Elkhorn Slough project was primarily funded by Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. For more information on the Central Coast Highway 1 Climate Resiliency project, click here.

The Nature Conservancy in California is continuing to partner with Virtual Planet Technolo- gies to test the use of virtual reality in helping communities prepare for climate change im- pacts, including a sea level rise tool for Long Beach and a Wildfire Explorer focused on the devastating Camp Fire that impacted Paradise in fall 2018 which explores nature-based strat- egies for resilience as the community recovers. To learn more, visit nature.org/cacities.

Download this Press Release.PDF

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Posted by: Stan Russell | April 6, 2021

Pine Ridge Trail Re-Opening Tuesday, April 13

Timothy J. Short
District Ranger
Forest Service
Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District
p: 831-385-5434
f: 831-385-0628
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406 S. Mildred Ave.
King City, CA 93930
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Pine Ridge Trail Re-Opening Tuesday, April 13

Dear Partners,

I want to share with you that the Pine Ridge Trail, which has been closed to the public since the 2016 Soberanes Fire, will be re-opening next Tuesday, April 13. I’m reaching out to you in advance of the general public because of your role as a key stakeholder in the health and welfare of the Big Sur region. Regarded as one of the most iconic coastal trails in North America, the news of the PRT re-opening will garner wide attention in both traditional and social media. Day hikers, trail runners, backpackers, and equestrians will now have another reason to visit Big Sur. The re-opening will be an opportunity to engage with visitors on shared trail stewardship that helps protect these cherished public lands.

In the nearly five years it’s taken to secure the funding for our partners and volunteers to restore the trail for public use, we’ve reflected on the message of “Responsible Recreation” that needs to be conveyed to all visitors, especially first-time PRT hikers. Educating hikers on trail conditions, campfire restrictions, and wilderness ethics will prepare them to safely enjoy this magnificent area while protecting its natural beauty for future visitors.

Here’s why I could use your support in emphasizing these key messages:

  • The natural warm springs at Sykes Camp approximately 11 miles inland from the trailhead attracted visitors in the past who built structures to impound the spring water. These “tubs” are no longer on site and won’t be re-installed as this area lays within both a Congressionally protected Wilderness Area as well as the Big Sur Wild & Scenic River corridor. Structures of any type cause resource damage and are prohibited; violations will be taken seriously. If you hear folks mention these tubs, please feel free to point out the tubs are a thing of the past and no longer exist.
  • When fire restrictions are in effect, usually between May and November, campfires and smoking are not permitted anywhere along the PRT. During extreme fire conditions even stoves and cooking devices are prohibited. Visitors need to plan ahead and should stop by the Big Sur Station visitors center, or call (831) 385-5434 for current conditions and to obtain a California Campfire Permit.
  • Whatever is packed in must be packed out. There is no garbage service in the wilderness and visitors are encouraged to leave these areas in better condition than they find them. Where available, hikers must use the wilderness toilets – they are the only appropriate place to defecate. Visitors should bring a large plastic bag to pack out hygiene products, disposable towelettes and toilet paper. Dog owners are responsible for picking up after their pet just as they would anywhere else.

A new three-panel display has been installed at the trailhead and we are encouraging visitors to use our new voluntary self-registration system and take time to read through the posted information. Data gleaned through self-registration will guide future management decisions and determine whether additional steps are needed to protect natural resources.

This re-opening would not have been possible if not for the extraordinary efforts of our partners at Los Padres Forest Association, Ventana Wilderness Alliance and California State Parks. I would like to also thank the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, the Community Association of Big Sur, and the Nepenthe/Phoenix Corporation for critical financial support. On behalf of Los Padres National Forest, I want to thank you for all that you have done to help safely reopen this amazing trail to the public.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or Forest Public Affairs Officer Andrew Madsen who’s cc’d on this message. We’re excited about working with all of you as we welcome the public back onto this historic trail, the Gateway to the Ventana Wilderness.

See you on the trail,
Tim

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Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WORK ON HIGHWAY 1 AT GARRAPATA CREEK BRIDGE TO REQUIRE ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL ALL DAY MONDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY – Maintenance work on Highway 1 at the Garrapata Creek Bridge (PM 62.97) will require one-way traffic control from 7:30 am to 5 pm on Monday April 5.

The one-way traffic control will allow maintenance crews to service the bridge rail.

Motorists are advised to give themselves a bit of extra time on their travels and can expect delays of up to 10 minutes.

Message and directional signs will be in place to assist motorists traveling in the area.
Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Kevin Drabinski
Public Information Officer
Caltrans District 5
50 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo CA 93401
Office: 805.549.3138
Cell: 805.748.1858
TTY 711

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Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RAINWATER DIVERSION IN PLACE; FILL TO BE INTRODUCED
NEXT WEEK AT RAT CREEK

MONTEREY COUNTY – Deliberate progress continues to be made at the repair site at Rat Creek.

Crews have developed a drainage plan for the site to divert rainwater coming down the canyon to minimize impacts on the work below. Temporary pipe has been connected to the existing buried culvert which, though damaged by the event, will be able to pass rainwater.

This is especially important as the months of March and April typically bring measurable rainfall to the Big Sur coast. This temporary drainage system will be in place for the duration of the fill reconstruction.

This week’s storm cycle had little impact on operations at Rat Creek. A rare snow even fell this week at the site but precipitation in this form has the advantage of allowing moisture to infiltrate the soil over time rather than all at once.

The last of the debris flow material has been removed from the canyon. An estimated 70,000 cubic yards of trees, rocks, and sediment have been taken off site. It is expected that 25,000 cubic yards of fill will be needed to be brought in to build up the support for the new roadway.

Crews have constructed steep paths on the north and south side of the canyon which will be used as haul roads to bring in fill material to the bottom of the canyon. Much like in building a home, an earthen foundation needs to be created at the bottom of the canyon to accept the fill and crews are improving the conditions in that area. Fill will be introduced into the bottom of the canyon starting early next week.

Crews continue to work 7 days per week during daylight hours.

The State Director for Caltrans, Toks Omishakin, visited Rat Creek on Friday, March 5, and was briefed by Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins and the maintenance and repair teams about the emergency response and the repair of Highway 1. Director Omishakin reiterated the priority the state has for the reopening of the highway so that travelers and small businesses can enjoy restored travel by early summer.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Photos Below

Snow accumulation at Rat Creek March 10, 2021.

View from the south as Haul Roads are being constructed to the bottom of the canyon.

Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin, right, reviewing Rat Creek from the south with District 5 Director Tim Gubbins on March 5, 2021.

Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin, left, speaks with District 5 Construction Chief Tim Campbell as they ascend the north side of the canyon at Rat Creek, March 5, 2021.

Kevin Drabinski
Public Information Officer
Caltrans District 5
50 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo CA 93401
Office: 805.549.3138
Cell: 805.748.1858
TTY 711

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Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY REPAIRS FOR HIGHWAY 1 AT RAT CREEK
OPENING SCHEDULED FOR EARLY SUMMER

MONTEREY COUNTY – Caltrans announced today that major emergency repairs of Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast at Rat Creek will begin March 1 and that it estimates it will reopen the famed roadway early this summer. Debris flow from the Dolan Fire burn scar washed out a 150-foot section of roadway January 28, causing a full closure.

After assessing the damage, removing debris and making minor repairs, Caltrans will reconnect the roadway at Rat Creek with an enhanced fill option. Caltrans will fill the canyon with dirt in a large V-shape and construct a new road on top of the fill.

“Caltrans crews have been onsite since this highway section washed out in the recent storms to assess the damage, and we’re pleased to announce emergency construction begins next week to repair and reconnect the highway,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “Highway 1 is an iconic roadway that connects travelers with small businesses on the Central Coast, and we’re focused on restoring travel on this section by early summer.”

The enhanced fill option also involves replacing the main drainage system at Rat Creek with an oversized main culvert, a secondary culvert and smaller overflow culverts closer to the highway grade. This will increase the capacity of the drainage system, add redundancies designed to withstand future debris flows and enhance the resiliency and sustainability of the highway against rising sea level and coastal erosion.

“The repairs for Highway 1 at Rat Creek include improvements that can prevent similar damage from future debris flows,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins. “We look forward to swiftly making these repairs so that all travelers will have a safe and resilient stretch of highway.”

Caltrans estimates the repairs will cost $11.5 million, including $5 million in ongoing emergency repairs north of Rat Creek. The contractor is Papich Construction of Arroyo Grande.

Approximately five miles of Highway 1 will be closed to all vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic during repairs. The northern turnaround is two miles north of Rat Creek at the Lime Creek Bridge at PM 32.1, and the southern closure is at Big Creek Vista Point at PM 27.3.

The plan calls for work seven days a week during daylight hours, with longer shifts possible as the project progresses. The repair work involves the manipulation of tens of thousands of cubic yards of material, and rain could cause delays. Caltrans will adjust the timetable, as necessary.

All businesses and activities south of Rat Creek in communities including Lucia, Gorda, Treebones, Ragged Point, San Simeon and Cambria will continue to remain accessible from the south on Highway 1. Similarly, the entire stretch of Highway 1 north of the closure, from Monterey and Carmel to the businesses and recreational facilities of the greater Big Sur area will be open for business and unaffected by the closure. Only through traffic on Highway 1 is affected by the washout at Rat Creek.

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5


Rat Creek looking south on the morning of January 29, 2021

Aerial photo showing debris and washing of Highway 1 on February 1, 2021

Excavators removing debris from canyon February 11, 2021

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Posted by: Stan Russell | February 23, 2021

Notification of Upcoming Film Activity – Big Sur Area 3/4-5/21

Notification of Upcoming Film Activity – Big Sur Area

Date: February 22, 2021
To: Big Sur Residents
From: Peloton Shoot
Re: Film Production Activity Scheduled for Thursday March 4rth, 2021 & Friday March 5th, 2021 on Highway 1 in the Big Sur Area (Rocky Creek & Point Sur Lighthouse)

In an effort to better communicate with Big Sur residents and business owners regarding upcoming film activities in the area, this is to notify you of a permitted film shoot to take place on Thursday March 4th, 2021- Friday March 5th, 2021 from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. Our work will require intermittent traffic control (ITC) at and near Bixby Bridge and Hwy 1, Mile Markers: MON 60.1 to MON 51.2. As per our permit, a portion of parking at the Bixby Bridge turnout will also be used for staging.

We will be hiring California Highway Patrol officers to facilitate the ITC and to ensure public safety and access with only brief traffic holds.

We have taken all necessary steps to ensure that the required permits have been obtained and will comply with restrictions necessary for a safe and efficient shoot.

The production company would like to show its appreciation to the community with a donation to the Big Sur Fire Brigade & Big Sur Health Center.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. I hope this advance notice is helpful for you to plan your day.
Sincerely yours,
Rod Weiner
Location Manager
415.606.1146
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Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12:45 pm
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHERN CLOUSURE OF HIGHWAY 1 TO MOVE NORTH TO BIG CREEK
THIS FRIDAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

MONTEREY COUNTY – The southern closure of Highway 1, currently in place just north of Pacific Valley at PM 16, will relocate north to the Big Creek Vista Point at PM 27.3 on Friday Feb. 19, at 5 pm. This is three days earlier than originally anticipated.

This will open up an additional 11 miles of the highway on the south side of Rat Creek.

Once established, the southern turnaround at Big Creek Vista Point at PM 27.3 and the northern turnaround just north of the Lime Creek Bridge at PM 32.1 will serve as the landmark limits for public travel on Highway 1 while repairs are being made at Rat Creek.

In upcoming weeks, these turnarounds will be improved with permanent surfacing and enhanced striping.

Sections of Highway 1 on the approach to these turnarounds will continue to be subject to one way reversing traffic control at various points as cleanup operations continue. Motorists can expect delays of up to 10 minutes.

At Rat Creek, woody debris and debris flow material continue to be hauled out of the upstream basin and is being trucked off site.

Engineering teams continue to study possible repair options. No repair method at Rat Creek has been selected and there is no timeline at present for when that decision might be made.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Stan Russell, Executive Director
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
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