Posted by: Stan Russell | September 17, 2018

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project Update for Week of September 17th

MONTEREYCOUNTY

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AGENCY

Carl P. Holm, AICP, Director

LAND USE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT | PUBLICWORKS & FACILITIES | PARKS

1441 Schilling Place, South 2nd Floor (831)755-4800 Salinas, California 93901-4527 www.co.monterey.ca.us/rma

September 14, 2018

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project Update for Week of September 17th

There will be both day and nighttime work in the project area in hopes of effectively completing this project by the end of the week.

Project work hours are 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daytime and 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. nighttime.

Commuters can expect lane closures throughout the week. Here is what to expect for the week of September 17th:

• Sunday (9/16): nighttime paving of Carmel Valley Road between Highway 1 and Carmel Rancho Blvd.

• Monday through Wednesday: daytime work to raise underground utility manholes along Highway 1.

• Monday through Wednesday: nighttime traffic signal detection installation on Carmel Valley Road and Rio Road.

• Thursday through Friday: nighttime striping of the entire project.

Sign up to receive text message alerts about the project by texting Climbinglane to 888777.

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

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CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Monday, September 17, 2018

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 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*REMINDER*

CALTRANS TO PERFORM BRIDGE INSPECTION ON STATE ROUTE 1 AT GARRAPATA CREEK BRIDGE NEAR CARMEL ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY –State Route 1 will be doing one-way traffic control in both directions at Garrapata Creek Bridge near Carmel for bridge inspection on Tuesday, Sept. 18 (southbound) and Wednesday, Sept. 19 (northbound) from 9 am to 2 pm each day, Caltrans officials announced today.

There will be electronic message boards alerting the public of this lane closure. Motorists should not encounter delays exceeding five minutes.

This roadwork will be performed by the Caltrans Monterey Maintenance and the San Luis Obispo Bridge crews to ensure a safe environment for all travelers.

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

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in

Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-831-372-0862 or can

visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 13, 2018

Sycamore Canyon Road to close for storm damage repairs

U.S. Forest Service
News Release

For Immediate Release
Sept. 13, 2018
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen(805) 961-5759
andrewmadsen
www.facebook.com/lpnf
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Sycamore Canyon Road to close for storm damage repairs

GOLETA, Calif.— Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Sycamore Canyon Road between Highway 1 and Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur will be closed while repairs are completed in several locations damaged during a January 2017 winter storm.

Repair work will begin September 24 at 6:00 AM, and is estimated to be completed in two months. During the construction period, Sycamore Canyon Road will be closed to public traffic from Monday at 6:00 AM to Friday at 12:00 PM. The repair work will consist of asphalt patch construction, chip seal placement, gabion wall construction, culvert replacement, and sign placement.

The damaged areas were determined to be eligible for funding through the Emergency Relief of Federally Owned (ERFO) roads program due in part to the high demand for recreational access by the public. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) selected and will oversee a contractor to perform the repairs.

Road repair crews will provide access to local residents and emergency services as needed while the repair work is being done. The recreating public will have access to the Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday during the two month project.

“We worked diligently to secure the funding needed to fix the storm damage,” said Monterey District Ranger Tim Short. “I recognize the inconvenience that a hard closure entails, but this will allow the repair crews to complete their work as quickly as possible while reducing public safety concerns.”

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

This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

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CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018

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 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS TO PERFORM BRIDGE INSPECTION ON STATE ROUTE 1 AT GARRAPATA CREEK BRIDGE NEAR CARMEL ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY –State Route 1 will be doing one-way traffic control in both directions at Garrapata Creek Bridge near Carmel for bridge inspection on Tuesday, Sept. 18 (southbound) and Wednesday, Sept. 19 (northbound) from 9 am to 2 pm each day, Caltrans officials announced today.

There will be electronic message boards alerting the public of this lane closure. Motorists

should not encounter delays exceeding five minutes.

This roadwork will be performed by the Caltrans Monterey Maintenance and the San Luis

Obispo Bridge crews to ensure a safe environment for all travelers.

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

work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in

Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-831-372-0862 or can

visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur Competing For National Transportation Award

Date: September 10, 2018
District: 05
Contact: Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3189
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO—Caltrans is asking the public to vote for the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge project in Big Sur, one of 12 projects competing nationally for the Socrata People’s Choice Award for the nation’s best transportation project.

“This is exciting! We’re very proud of this projec. The Big Sur community was cut off. We needed to make sure that the bridge was replaced as soon as possible—and we did.”

Laurie Berman, Director, Caltrans

18pr069.pngThe new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on State Route 1 in Monterey County that replaced the original bridge after it was damaged in a landslide during 2017’s record storms.
Photo Courtesy of Caltrans Senior Photographer Scott Lorenzo.

The national competition is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Socrata, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Public voting is the final phase of the 11th annual America’s Transportation Awards competition. The 12 competing projects were winners in four regional competitions. The three highest-scoring projects in each regional contest became the competition’s Top 12 and now compete for the national Grand Prize and the Socrata People’s Choice Award, both of which come with a $10,000 check for a charity or a transportation-related scholarship of the winners’ choosing.

Caltrans has selected the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) to receive the prize money if the Pfeiffer Bridge replacement project wins. CTF is the leading charitable transportation organization in the state and supports California’s transportation community in many ways, including scholarships for students pursuing transportation careers and financial assistance to workers injured on the job and to the families of transportation workers who were killed on the job.

“CTF has been a great support to people working in, and students pursuing careers in, the transportation field. CTF has helped so many of our workers and their families, and we would be honored to present them with a $10,000 check so they can continue their great work.”

Laurie Berman, Director, Caltrans

Watch Caltrans News Flash #152 to learn more about the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge replacement.

You can vote for the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Replacement at: https://transportationawards.secure-platform.com/a/gallery/rounds/10/details/1580

Anyone can vote on any number of projects, once per day. You can vote again for the same project(s) after 24 hours. Voting will close September 22 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

Online votes will be weighted to each state’s population, allowing for greater competition between states with larger and smaller populations. Winners will be announced September 23.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/pr/2018/prs/18pr069.html

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 8, 2018

Come Celebrate the Big Sur Grange

Come Celebrate the Big Sur Grange

On Saturday September 15th, 2018 gather with your friends and neighbors to Celebrate 70 years of community engagement at our Big Sur Grange! 3-8pm. We are preparing long harvest tables beside the river, and so much more………

It’s a Potluck Picnic- Bring a bountiful savory dish for dinner. Bring your own place setting; plate, fork, and knife.

Homemade sparkling drinks and iced teas will be available for sale.

It’s a Pie contest – Enter a sweet pie into the contest! Judges will be tasting for flavor combinations, texture, originality, beauty and more! Try something new or bring a well-loved classic. Once the winners are chosen – the pies will be our dessert! All entries must arrive before 5pm.

It’s a farmer’s market – Come and gather your weeks groceries, fruits and vegetables will be on sale from Halls Organic Farm and local gardens.

It’s for all ages – Big Sur Park School will have some harvest craft activities for the young ones.

It’s wonderful acoustic bluegrass wafting through the redwoods – Local favorites Eliot’s Haircut will play during the picnic.

It’s a Contra Dance – Caller Claire Takemori and Musicians John Weed and Tyler Weed, will be leading all ages in circle and line dances in the hall after dinner.
Looking forward to seeing you there, please help spread the word up canyons and down ridges!

On Sunday September 16th

The Grange board will host a delicious pancake breakfast and a presentation by the Big Sur Historical Society.

“Revealing and remembering stories from 70 years at the Grange.”

Come at 9:30, breakfast will be in the hall at long tables. The presentation will be offered during breakfast from 10-12. Bring your memories to share.

Seating is limited so we ask that you reserve your seats ASAP by emailing kendramorgenrath with the amount of seats you would like. We will collect the $10.00 per seat at the door.

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 8, 2018

BIG SUR’S WHOLEHEARTED CHORUS FALL SEASON

BIG SUR’S WHOLEHEARTED CHORUS
FALL SEASON

September 12 – December 2

Big Sur tribe meets Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7pm at the Grange

All singers are welcome in our thriving, welcoming tribe of song. We’ve been meeting every week for 10 years now and would love to see you.


Fall Concerts:
Friday, November 30 at the Big Sur Grange, 7pm
& Sunday, December 2 in Carmel Valley, 6pm

Details at http://wholeheartedchorus.org

Feel free to drop-in anytime in these early weeks of the season to check us out or just listen if you like. A season registration is requested from committed singers and financial assistance is available for any singer in need. We’d love to see you!

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 5, 2018

POINT SUR LIGHTSTATION HALLOWEEN GHOST TOURS OCTOBER 20 & 27

POINT SUR LIGHTSTATION HALLOWEEN GHOST TOURS

October 20 & 27

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An evening of ghostly fun will begin with a walking tour of the lighthouse in time to watch the sunset, then on to the barn where a light buffet will be served. Later, Pt. Sur’s professional actor/storyteller, Kevin Hanstick, will recount stories of Pt Sur’s ghostly past. One of our “paranormal investigators” will share recordings from Pt. Sur’s ghost hunts. If you dare, explore inside one of Pt. Sur’s real haunted houses, the un-restored Triplex. Dessert and hot drinks will be served in the Visitor Center. Not recommended for children under 6.

Proceeds from the tours go toward the restoration of Point Sur Lightstation.

On Hwy 1, at mile marker 54.1, 19 miles south of Rio Rd., Carmel.

For tickets and more information: http://www.pointsur.org

 

 

 

Big Sur Health Fair and Community Celebration

Tuesday, October 9th Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Please join us at Big Sur Health Center’s annual Health Fair. Celebrate community, reunite with neighbors from the north and south, and enjoy some of the popular venues you look forward to each year:

– Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine, sur Malinowski

– Blood pressure

– Blood sugar & cholesterol screens (by CHOMP)

– Chiropractor Dr.Richard Kehoe

– Dental checkups

– Flu shots

– IN-SHAPE gym

– Nutrition counseling

– Our now famous delicious and healthy barbecue

– Come see what else this year’s event has to offer!

For more information call (831) 667-2580
http://bigsurhealthcenter.org

CALTRANS
Date: Wednesday,August 15, 2018

District: 05

Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones

Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189

Caltrans Accelerates Repairs on State Route 1 in Monterey County Due to SB 1 Funds

Repairs to Eight Aging Bridges on State Route 1 Will Improve Safety

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans continues repair work to eight bridges on State Route 1 from Willow Creek to Garrapata Creek due to funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“This route hugs the scenic coastline, serving the tourists and local residents along the Big Sur Coast who depend on this busy north-south road,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “Safety improvements to Highway 1 now are key for motorists to be able to enjoy safer and smoother travel for years to come.”

Four to five million people visit the Big Sur area each year, with most traveling down the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, also known as State Route 1.

“We are continuing to make great progress on delivering projects under Senate Bill 1 (SB 1),” said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins. “The public will benefit greatlyfrom this eight-bridge project that makes much-needed repairs to these deteriorating structures.”

This $4.4 million bridge repair project has been awarded to American Civil Constructors West Coast LLC of Benicia, California, and is unrelated to work to repair the roads that were affected by massive area rockslides. Crews will fill potholes and repave all eight bridges. Work began in early July and motorists will continue to encounter up to 20-minute, one-way traffic controls overnight Monday through Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Friday morning from midnight to 6 a.m. Daytime hours Monday through Thursday are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and Be Work Zone Alert.

The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and/or construction-related issues. More information and updates on projects can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d5/ or on Twitter via @CaltransD5.

SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of about $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.

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Garrapata and Limekiln Bridges on State Route 1 in Monterey.

Jim Shivers

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Office

(805) 549-3237

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