Today’s Date: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Heidi Ruiz or <a href=”mailto:colin.jones
Phone: (805) 549-3318 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Highway 1 Mud Creek Project Competing for One of Two America’s Transportation Awards

One winner will be selected by online public vote

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Caltrans is asking the public to vote for the Highway 1 Mud Creek Emergency Restoration Project in Monterey County, one of 12 finalists in this year’s America’s Transportation Awards competition, with two $10,000 cash awards for a charity of the winners’ choice at stake.

The iconic Big Sur coastline is considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world and is designated a National Scenic Byway. On May 20, 2017, after record winter rainfall of more than 100 inches, a massive landslide sent nearly 6 million cubic yards of material into the Pacific Ocean, displaced 50 acres of land, created 2,400 feet of new shoreline and buried a one-quarter mile section of roadway. It was the biggest landslide ever along the Big Sur coast, cutting the lifeline between Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.

The Mud Creek project stabilized the area and built a new section of State Route 1 across the slide material. This rebuilding took place seven days a week

And was completed in July 2018- two months ahead of schedule. This was a monumental effort by Caltrans and John Madonna Construction. We are all very proud of everyone who worked on this project leading to this nomination,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins.

The public is encouraged to vote for the Mud Creek Project daily, but you can vote only once a day, from now until Sunday Oct. 6 at: https://transportationawards.secure-platform.com/a/gallery/rounds/14/details/1997

If the Mud Creek Emergency Restoration project wins, Caltrans will donate the prize money to the California Transportation Foundation (CTF). 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 killed on the job.

America’s Transportation Awards is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. An independent panel of transportation industry experts will select the Grand Prize winner, while the public will decide the People’s Choice Award winner through online voting. Online votes will be weighted to each state’s population, allowing for greater competition between states with larger and smaller populations. The winners will be announced Oct. 8 at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO.

Click the image to vote for Caltrans’ Mud Creek Restoration project in the America’s Transportation Awards Program. If we win, we will get $10,000 to donate to the California Transportation Foundation.

A May 2017 massive landslide on State Route 1 in Big Sur sent nearly 6 million cubic yards of material into the Pacific Ocean, closing the highway.

Photo courtesy of Caltrans.

Jim Shivers
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Officer
(805) 549-3237

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Posted by: Stan Russell | September 5, 2019

Come Celebrate California Condors this Saturday

Celebrating California Condors on International Vulture Awareness Day!Join us between 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM for an Open House at our Discovery Center located at Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur. Come and learn about condors and the other 22 vulture species of the world.

Special Event Condor Tours . . . $75 per person.
Special tour price for VWS members! $35 per person, including guests! (for coupon code – see email sent to VWS members on 8/30 or email kristymarkowitz) MUST SIGN UP FOR TOUR ONLINE IN ADVANCE.
10:00 AM – Condor Tour
11:30 AM – Condor Tour

12:00 PM -Condor Tour

Space is limited – sign-up today!
Event activities include: measuring up to vultures, Passport to Vultures of the World, watershed demonstrations, puzzles, games, crafts. Presentations scheduled for 11AM (vultures of the world) and 1PM (California condors).

Date/Time: September 7 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: VWS Dicsovery Center at Andrew Molera State Park, Parking fees may apply.

CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones

Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

14th ANNUAL BEST BUDDIES CHALLENGE BICYCLE RIDE COMES TO THE CENTRAL COAST THIS SATURDAY

CENTRAL COAST – The 13th Annual Best Buddies Challenge Bicycle Ride will include the use of Highway 1 on Saturday, Sept. 7 beginning at the Quail Lodge on Carmel Valley Road at 7 am and finish at the Hearst Ranch Warehouse on San Simeon Road.

This event will include three additional starts at the Big Sur Station at 8:30 am, at Sand Dollar State Park at 10 am and at Ragged Point at 11 am.

Traffic control for this non-competitive ride will include rolling closures by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as the riders continue in a southerly direction.

All riders will be off the road by 4 pm.

Electronic Message Boards will be posted alerting motorists to ‘Share the Road’ with cyclists. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 15 minutes.

Caltrans reminds motorists to be aware of these cyclists and any support vehicles. For more information regarding this event, please visit the Best Buddies Challenge website at: https://www.bestbuddieschallenge.org/hc/

BEST BUDDIES ROUTE MAP BELOW

For traffic updates on other state highways on the Central Coast motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at (805) 549-3318

or visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Today’s Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Heidi Ruiz or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3318 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURE ON HIGHWAY 1 AT RAGGED POINT SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT CANCELLED/FULL CLOSURES WILL RESUME NEXT MONTH

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Caltrans has announced that the closure of Highway 1 from north of the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge to south of the Ragged Point Inn scheduled for this evening from 9 pm until 5 am tomorrow has been cancelled. Caltrans completed the installation of soldier piles ahead of schedule so the closure for this evening is not necessary.

There will be no full overnight closures the week of September 1, but they are expected to resume next month. Caltrans will announce the exact schedule when the dates and times are certain.

When these closures resume,emergency vehicles and local residents will maintain access within the closed area.

One-way reversing traffic control continues weekly during the daytime hours Monday thru Thursday from 5 am until 4 pm and on Fridays from 6 am until 4 pm.

A temporary traffic signal will be activated in September allowing two-way traffic in each direction 24/7 until project completion. Electronic message boards will alert the public.

These highway closures and traffic control is part of an emergency project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall on Highway 1 near Ragged Point.

The contractor for this $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo 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

Installation of soldier piles during overnight work on Highway 1 near Ragged Point.

Today’s Date: Monday, August 26, 2019 District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties

Contact: Heidi Ruiz or Colin Jones

Phone: (805) 549-3318 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES ON HIGHWAY 1 PROJECT IN RAGGED POINT CONCLUDE THIS WEEK/WILL RESUME IN APPROXMATELY TWO WEEKS

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Highway 1 will be closed from north of the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge to south of the Ragged Point Inn Monday, August 26 through Friday morning, August 30 during the overnight hours from 9 pm until 5 am. Emergency vehicles and local residents will maintain access during these overnight closures.

Beginning Friday morning, August 30, these overnight full highway closures will be suspended and are expected to resume in approximately two weeks. Caltrans will announce the exact schedule when the dates and times are certain.

One-way reversing traffic control will continue weekly during the daytime hours Monday thru Thursdayfrom 5 am until 4 pm and on Fridays from 6 am until 4 pm.

These highway closures and traffic control is part of an emergency project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall on Highway 1 near Ragged Point.

A temporary traffic signal will be activated in September allowing two-way traffic in each direction 24/7 until project completion. Electronic message boards will alert the public.

The contractor for this $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo 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



Today’s Date: Monday, August 19, 2019

District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Heidi Ruiz or Colin Jones

Phone: (805) 549-3318 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES CONTINUE ON HIGHWAY 1 VIADUCT PROJECT IN RAGGED POINT

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Highway 1 will be closed from north of the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge to south of the Ragged Point Inn continuing Monday, August 19 during the overnight hours from 9 pm until 5 am.

These overnight full highway closures will continue each week, Sunday night through Friday morning to allow for the construction of the foundation of a viaduct. This work is anticipated to last up to four weeks.Emergency vehicles and local residents will maintain access during these overnight closures.

Motorists will also encounter one-way reversing traffic control within the project limits on Monday, August 19 from 5 am until 4 pm and from 6 am until 4 pm on Fridays.

These highway closures and traffic control is part of an emergency project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall on Highway 1 near Ragged Point.

A temporary traffic signal is scheduled to be activated in late August or early September allowing traffic to proceed in each direction 24/7 until project completion. Electronic message boards will alert the public.

The contractor for this $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo 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

Heidi Crawford Ruiz

Caltrans Public Information Officer

San Luis Obispo County

(805) 549-3318

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
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Date: August 19, 2019
CALTRANS
District: 5/ Headquarters

Contact: Colin Jones

Phone: (805) 549-3189

Contact: Tamie McGowen

Phone: (916) 657-5060

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

More Than a Billion Dollars Allocated to Continue Work on California’s State Highway System


CTC Allocates Funds to 47 SB 1 Projects to Replace or Improve 880 Lane Miles, 30 Bridges, 83 Culverts and More Than 470 Traffic Management System Devices

SACRAMENTO– The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $1.1 billion for a total of 133 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects throughout California, including almost $994 million for 47 fix-it-first projects funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“This summer, motorists are seeing our crews hard at work repairing and improving our highway’s infrastructure,” said Acting Caltrans Director Bob Franzoia. “Since SB 1 was passed, Caltrans has made progress on strengthening our transportation system and this new allocation of nearly $1 billion of SB 1 funds will be used to continue to address the backlog of repairs and upgrades.”

The SB 1 funded projects will replace or improve 880 lane miles, 30 bridges, 474 congestion reducing devices, and repair 83 culverts to prevent flooding on highways.

Area state highway projects allocated SB 1 funds include:

  • Pavement Preservation Project on State Route 1 in Monterey County: $30.1 million pavement preservation project will upgrade existing guardrail and improve 69.9 lane miles of State Route 1 from the Torre Canyon Bridge near Big Sur to San Luis Avenue in the City of Carmel. The project was allocated $30.1 million.
  • Bridge Improvement Project on State Route 1 in Santa Barbara County: $4.8 million bridge project will revamp the San Antonio Creek Bridge on US Highway 101 near State Route 1 near the City of Lompoc in Santa Barbara County. The project was allocated $1.7 million.
  • Landscape Preservation Project on US Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County: $1 million project will restore, enhance or preserve the landscape for the pavement project on US Highway 101 from north of the San Marcos Creek Bridge and north of the South San Miguel Undercrossing near the City of Paso Robles in San Luis

Obispo County. The project wasallocated $764,000.

  • Landscape Preservation Project on U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County: $230,000 project to restore, enhance or preserve the landscape and erosion control seed collection for a drainage system restoration project along US Highway 101 near Gaviota State Park in Santa Barbara County. The project was allocated $160,000.

Other SB 1 funding included $10.5 million for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, which is dedicated to projects that will improve truck corridors, border access, the freight rail systems, the capacity and efficiency of ports, and highways to better handle and move freight.

More than $33.1 million of SB 1 funding was also allocated to the Local Partnership Program (LPP) to help match investments that local communities have made in their region through voter-approved transportation tax measures.

In addition, the CTC approved an allocation of almost $5.4 million in SB 1 funds for 16 locally administered Active Transportation Program (ATP) projects, which range from improving sidewalks and bicycle lanes to creating safer routes to school for children who ride their bicycles or walk to school.

SHOPP is the state highway system’s “fix-it-first” program that funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, highway preservation and operational highway upgrades. A significant portion of the funding for this program comes from SB 1.

Since SB 1 was signed into law April 2017, Caltrans has repaired or replaced 115 bridges and paved nearly 1,500 lane miles of the state highway system.

SB 1 invests approximately $5.4 billion per year to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California as well as strategically investing in transit. These funds are split equally between state and local projects and will allow Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts on the state highway system by 2027.

More information and updates on these and other projects can be found on Caltrans’ social media channels:http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/social-media.html.

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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Jim Shivers

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

(805) 549-3237

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News Release August 2019 CTC Meeting 081919.doc

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NEWS RELEASE
TAMC CONE ZONE REPORT

ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR
August 18 – August 24

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 24 – newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1: Ragged Point, Big Sur: August – September
Highway 1 will be closed from north of the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge to south of the Ragged Point Inn during the evenings from 9 pm until 5 am. These overnight FULL highway closures will occur, Sunday night through Friday morning to allow for the construction of the foundation of a viaduct. Emergency vehicles and local residents will maintain access during these overnight closures. Motorists will also encounter one-way reversing traffic control within the project limits, Monday – Friday, from 5 am – until 4 pm.

Highway 1: San Luis Obispo County Line – Lime Creek Bridge, Big Sur: Aug.19– Aug.22
One lane closure and one-way traffic controls will be in place along northbound and southbound Highway 1 between the San Luis Obispo County Line and Lime Creek Bridge for mowing work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highway 1: Bixby Creek Bridge – Hurricane Point: August 19 – August 21
One – way traffic controls will be in place on northbound and southbound Highway 1 between the Bixby Creek Bridge and Hurricane Point for slope repair work along the highway from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway 1: Rocky Creek Viaduct – Hurricane Point: August 22 – August 23
One – way traffic controls will be in place on northbound and southbound Highway 1 between the Rocky Creek Viaduct and Hurricane Point for guardrail repair work along the highway from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FULL TAMC CONE ZONE REPORT PDF BELOW

Road and Lane Closures August 18 – August 24.pdf

Posted by: Stan Russell | August 12, 2019

Nacimiento-Ferguson Road re-opened this morning, August 12, 2019

Incident Contact
Lynn Olsen
August 12, 2019
Email: lynn.olson@usda.gov
Phone: 831-385-5434 ext. 1243
Hours: M – S 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Nacimiento-Ferguson Road Re-opened This Morning

This morning I spoke with Lynn Olson regarding Nacimiento-Ferguson Road and she informed me that N-F road reopened to the public this morning. I don’t have an official press release on this yet but thought we needed to get this information out to the public immediately.

There was also a flyover this morning to check for hot spots from the fire so we may have a fire update coming today as well. From my conversation with Andrew Madson of Los Padres National Forest this morning my understanding is that the Mill Fire is 100% contained, which doesn’t mean it is 100% out. The flyover this morning will help clarify this information.

When the official press release is released I will post it on the Big Sur Blog at www.TheBigSurBlog.com

Stan Russell
Executive Director, Big Sur Chamber of Commerce

CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Monday, August 12, 2019

District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones

Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 VIADUCT PROJECT IN RAGGED POINT TO RESULT IN FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Highway 1 will be closed from north of the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge to south of the Ragged Point Inn beginning Monday, August 12 during the overnight hours from 9 pm until 5 am.

These overnight full highway closures will continue each week, Sunday night through Friday morning to allow for the construction of the foundation of a viaduct. This work is anticipated to last up to four weeks. Emergency vehicles and local residents will maintain access during these overnight closures.

Motorists will also encounter one-way reversing traffic control within the project limits on Monday, August 12 from 5 am until 4 pm and from 6 am until 4 pm on Fridays.

These highway closures and traffic control is part of an emergency project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall on Highway 1 near Ragged Point.

A temporary traffic signal is scheduled to be activated in late August or early September allowing traffic to proceed in each direction 24/7 until project completion. Electronic message boards will alert the public.

The contractor for this $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo 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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