Photos of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Demolished Pfeiffer Cyn. Bridge’s (PM 45.52) debris removal efforts.

Important Note: All vehicles on the south side of PM 45.2 (PCB southern turn out), across from the Rancho Rico driveway need to clear out of this area by Friday, March 31:

1. This turn out location is South of Abutment 1, nearly across the street from the Rancho Rico driveway.

2. We need vehicles to clear out by Friday, March 31, 2017 (no cars in turn out area); PG & E will require access

to re-set poles and wires prior to drilling.

SR-1 Full Closure—Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35). Recent rains did not change the status.

· Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is now open to the public.

· Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north.

· Friday deliveries: Residents and deliveries will be allowed through at Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek once per week on Fridays between 5:30am – 9:00am, and 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Delivery vehicles are limited to 30 feet in length and up to 50,000 pounds.

· Residents will have access between Ragged Point and Limekiln State Park and from north of Paul’s Slide to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge between 5:30 am and 7:30 pm. Four gates are closing the roadway overnight at the following locations: 1) south end of Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 2) north end of Mud Creek (PM 8.9); 3) North end of Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.07) and 4) north end of Hermitage wall (PM 22.42).

o Emergency services will have overnight access to the locked gates.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):

· The roadway continues to deteriorate as slide activity continues daily. Further updates about the ability to pass through this section will be provided as the slide stabilizes.

· For now, resident access will continue to be allowed daily between 5:30 am and 7:30 pm.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):

· As of March 22nd , there is limited access due to major excavation above the roadway; access is limited to 5:30am – 6:00am and 7:00pm – 7:30pm. This will be for a minimum of four to six weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

· For the Friday opportunities to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet.

· Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5):

· Demolition of the bridge is complete: Span 1 came down Wednesday, March 22. Bridge debris clearing from the canyon continues, as the rain allows. Please stay clear of the area for your own safety and to allow the construction team to work on re-building this vital part of the road.

All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

· Due to the nature of the construction activities, access will be subject to change on a regular basis.

· Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided mid-day on Monday, March 27 or sooner if conditions change.

· NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans inquiries) for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at carrollm .

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge debris removal efforts (PM 45.52)

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 23, 2017

Big Sur Jade Festival Postponed

Big Sur Jade Festival Postponed

It is with great regret that I write to tell you that once again the Big Sur Jade Festival is canceled for May 5, 6, 7! As you know, Big Sur and Highway 1 have suffered massive damages this winter to render the area “not ready for prime time”. The conditions on Highway 1 are such that people from the north & south would have had to travel through the narrow 1 & 1/2 lane mountain road of Nacimiento-Fergusson, making travel very long and dangerous, with the amount of people who would be coming. With winter conditions still upon us, travel over that road could be impassable at any time. We were certain the USFS would not have issued us a permit under those conditions. So to be prudent, we canceled the festival for the May dates and are reverting back to the Oct. 6-8 dates. We know that may be fire season once again, but are trying to remain optimistic!

It seems incredulous to cancel the festival once again, but this has been 1 hell of a year in Big Sur between the fires starting in July and slides beginning in January, just 6 months apart! There will be an announcement on our website & Facebook, but please tell everyone you know to once again look forward to an October festival. We’ll have our 25th, yet!

Once again, my sincere apologies. Thank you for your understanding.
Lisa Gering & the Big Sur Jade Festival Committee

Hello everyone,

Please inform the public all vehicles at this location need to clear out of this area by Friday, March 31:

1. This location is South of Abutment 1, nearly across the street from the Rancho Rico driveway.

2. We need vehicles to clear out by Friday, March 31, 2017 (no cars in turn out area); PG & E will require access to re-set poles and wires

prior to drilling.

3. We will begin mobilization of drilling equipment for abutment construction on April 10th and plan on staging equipment and material

there.

Thank you so much for helping get the word out.

Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Acting Manager

Public Information Office

Gerente Interino

Oficina de Relaciones Públicas

para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

805.549.3138

805.549.3326–fax

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Photo courtesy of Kyle Evans for Caltrans.

SR-1 Full Closure—Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35). Recent rains did not change the status.

· Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is now open to the public.

· Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north.

· Friday deliveries: Residents and deliveries will be allowed through at Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek once per week on Fridays between 5:30am – 9:00am, and 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Delivery vehicles are limited to 30 feet in length and up to 50,000 pounds.

· Residents will have access between Ragged Point and Limekiln State Parkand from north of Paul’s Slide to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge between 5:30 am and 7:30 pm. Four gates are closing the roadway overnight at the following locations: 1) south end of Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 2) north end of Mud Creek (PM 8.9); 3) North end of Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.07) and 4) north end of Hermitage wall (PM 22.42).

o Emergency services will have overnight access to the locked gates.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):

· The roadway continues to deteriorate as slide activity continues daily. Further updates about the ability to pass through this section will be provided as the slide stabilizes.

· For now, resident access will continue to be allowed daily between 5:30 am and 7:30 pm.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):

· As of today, Wednesday, March 22nd , there will be limited access due to major excavation above the roadway; access is limited to 5:30am – 6:00am and 7:00pm – 7:30pm. This will be for a minimum of four to six weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

· For the Friday opportunities to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet.

· Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5):

· Demolition of the bridge is nearly complete: bridge debris clearing from the canyon began Monday and operations to demolish Span 1 (south side) and clear debris from the canyon continues, as the rain allows. Please stay clear of the area for your own safety and to allow the construction team to work on re-building this vital part of the road.

All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

· Due to the nature of the construction activities, access will be subject to change on a regular basis.

· Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided mid-day on Wednesday, March 22 or sooner if conditions change.

· NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans inquiries) for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at carrollm .

SR-1 Full Closure—Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35). Please note changes since yesterday below:

· Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is now open to the public.

· Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north.

· There will be a complete closure at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6). Residents will have limited access (mornings from 5:30am – 6:00am and evenings from 7:00pm – 7:30pm). These daily windows will not allow for deliveries.

· Friday deliveries: Residents and deliveries will be allowed through at Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek once per week on Fridays between 5:30am – 9:00am, and 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Delivery vehicles are limited to 30 feet in length and up to 50,000 pounds.

· Residents will have access between Ragged Point and Limekiln State Park and from north of Paul’s Slide to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge between 5:30 am and 7:30 pm.
Four gates are closing the roadway overnight at the following locations:
1) south end of Mud Creek (PM 8.8);
2) north end of Mud Creek (PM 8.9);
3) North end of Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.07) and
4) north end of Hermitage wall (PM 22.42).

o Emergency services will have overnight access to the locked gates.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):

· The roadway continues to deteriorate as slide activity continues daily. Further updates about the ability to pass through this section will be provided as the slide stabilizes.

· For now, resident access will continue to be allowed daily between 5:30 am and 7:30 pm.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):

· Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 22nd , there will be limited access due to major excavation above the roadway; access is limited to 5:30am – 6:00am and 7:00pm – 7:30pm. This will be for a minimum of four to six weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

· For the Friday opportunities to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet.

· Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5):

· Demolition of the bridge is nearly complete: bridge debris clearing from the canyon began yesterday and operations to demolish Span 1 (south side) and clear debris from the canyon continues, as the rain allows. Please stay clear of the area for your own safety and to allow the construction team to work on re-building this vital part of the road.

All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

· Due to the nature of the construction activities, access will be subject to change on a regular basis.

· Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided mid-day on Wednesday, March 22 or sooner if conditions change.

· NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans inquiries) for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at carrollm .

SR-1 Full Closure—Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35). Please note changes since last Friday below:

· Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is now open to the public.

· Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north.

· There will be a complete closure at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6). Residents will have limited access (mornings from 5:30am – 6:00am and evenings from 7:00pm – 7:30pm). These daily windows will not allow for deliveries.

· Friday deliveries: Residents and deliveries will be allowed through at Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek once per week on Fridays between 5:30am – 9:00am, and 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Delivery vehicles are limited to 30 feet in length and up to 50,000 pounds.

· Residents will have access between Ragged Point and Limekiln State Park and from north of Paul’s Slide to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge between 5:30 am and 7:30 pm. Starting tonight, Monday, March 20th, four gates will close the roadway overnight at the following locations:
1) South end of Mud Creek (PM 8.8);
2) North end of Mud Creek (PM 8.9);
3) North end of Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.07) and
4) North end of Hermitage wall (PM 22.42).

o Emergency services will have overnight access to the locked gates.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):

· The roadway continues to deteriorate as slide activity continues daily. Further updates about the ability to pass through this section will be provided as the slide stabilizes.

· For now, resident access will continue to be allowed daily between 5:30 am and 7:30 pm.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):

· Starting Wednesday, March 22nd , there will be limited access due to major excavation above the roadway; access is limited to 5:30am – 6:00am and 7:00pm – 7:30pm. This will be for a minimum of four to six weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

· For the Friday opportunities to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet.

· Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5):

· Demolition of the bridge is nearly complete. Please stay clear of the area for your own safety and to allow the construction team to work on re-building this vital part of the road.

All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

· Due to the nature of the construction activities, access will be subject to change on a regular basis.

· Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided mid-day on Tuesday, March 21 or sooner if conditions change.

· NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans inquiries) for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at carrollm or via phone at (831) 796-3092.

Paul’s Slide PM 21.6

Paul’s Slide PM 21.6

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge demo PM 45.5

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 18, 2017

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Demolition Progress March 17, 2017

Photos from March 17, 2017
Stan Russell

The demolition of the bridge continued today until a hydraulic line broke on the hoe ram, the machine that has been smashing the concrete on the bridge. The team has obliterated the concrete deck off the bridge leaving the twisted rebar to fall away. The demolition team are now up to the failing column. Once they have smashed the deck and supporting concrete and rebar away from the column the bridge will collapse. A broken hydraulic line on the hoe ram halted work this afternoon but they will continue Saturday, March 18.

The hoe ram is obliterating the concrete section by section working its way toward the failing column that is still holding the bridge up.

Here you can see the abutment on the right and the failing column in the lower center through the twisted rebar. The hoe ram has been systematically smashing the deck concrete and separating it from the rebar. Once the concrete over and adjacent to the supporting column is iliminated, the bridge will fall. The hoe ram blew an hydraulic line which halted work this afternoon. Saturday, after installing a new hydraulic line, they will attack the last concrete sections over the column and the bridge will collapse, theoretically. She has been a worthy opponent to her own demise.

The welder, normally dangling inside this cage from a 300 foot crane, steps outside the safety of his basket, although still tethered, to lean over and examine the rebar and communicate with his associates.

Welder cutting the larger rebar to further destabilize the bridge.

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 17, 2017

Current Big Sur Highway 1 Closures

Current Big Sur Highway 1 Closures.
Map by Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, annotations by Sara Arnet, State Parks.

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 17, 2017

Highway 1 Projects Schedule Update

Hi All –

We want to provide you with a quick update on the current schedule for the three biggest challenges on Highway 1:

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

· We are in the process of developing a solution at Mud Creek. This slide is finally slowing down, allowing us to safely evaluate.

· We anticipate no public access in April.

· Local access will continue to be restricted to daylight hours and is subject to change.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

· Work on the permanent repair has begun.

· There will be no public access in April, and the probability of public access in May is low.

· Local access will be limited to two times per day, 6:30-7:00am and 7:30-8:00pm.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52)

· We have evaluated all possibilities and a temporary bridge for vehicular or pedestrian access is not feasible due to conflicts it would create during construction.

· We are in the midst of developing a detailed construction schedule.

· With all the information we have today, we believe that the bridge will be open to traffic in six months.

We will continue to look for all opportunities to increase access for both local residents and the public, and will keep you updated as conditions change.

Thank you for all your support and cooperation and we all get through this. We don’t expect any changes in the next few days, so please accept my sincere wishes for you to have an excellent weekend!

Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Acting Manager

Public Information Office

Gerente Interino

Oficina de Relaciones Públicas

para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

805.549.3138

805.549.3326–fax

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SR-1 Full Closure—Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35). Please note changes since yesterday below:

· Nacimiento-Fergusson Road will open to the public on Monday, March 20.

· Public access on SR 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north each day between 6 am and 7 pm starting Monday, March 20.

· Residents will continue to have access between Ragged Point and the Big Sur Deli between 6 am and 7 pm starting Monday, March 20, as four gates will close the roadway overnight to store construction equipment used during the day, at the following locations: 1) south end of Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 2) north end of Mud Creek (PM 8.9); 3) North end of Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.07) and 4) north end of Hermitage wall (PM 22.42).

o Emergency services will have overnight access to the locked gates (between 7 pm and 6 am).

· RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RESUPPLY GOING THROUGH PAUL’S SLIDE ON MONDAY, MARCH 20, AS IT MAY BE THE LAST DAY FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):

· The roadway continues to deteriorate as slide activity continues daily. Further updates about the ability to pass through this section will be provided as the slide stabilizes.

· For now, resident access will continue to be allowed daily between 6 am and 7 pm.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):

· For Monday’s opportunity to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet. There is a flagger at Ragged Point checking I.D.’s for residents and allowing delivery vehicles through.

· The school bus will be allowed to cross Paul’s Slide through Monday between 6 am and 7 pm.

· As mentioned yesterday, roadway reestablishment at Paul’s slide will require full closure.

· During this construction at Paul’s slide, residents will have limited access—possibly a half-hour window in the morning and the evening—but unfortunately, the school bus and resupply/deliveries will not be allowed to pass at any time.

· Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5):

· DUE TO EXTREME SAFETY CONCERNS AND THE BRIDGE’S DYNAMIC INSTABILITY, EVERYONE needs to STAY CLEAR and not get within 100 feet of either side of the bridge. This closure will be enforced.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.5) Demolition:

Demolition of the bridge continues until complete, the north span (column three) is almost to the ground at this point. I’ve attached a couple of photos.

All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

· Any vehicles that were in the large turn-out just north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge have been towed to the large “secure” parking lot at the MAF as of TUESDAY, MARCH 7.

· Due to the nature of the construction activities, access will be subject to change on a regular basis.

· Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided mid-day on Monday, March 20 or sooner if conditions change.

· NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans inquiries) for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at carrollm or via phone at (831) 796-3092.

Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Acting Manager

Public Information Office

Gerente Interino

Oficina de Relaciones Públicas

para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

805.549.3138

805.549.3326–fax

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