Posted by: Stan Russell | March 14, 2013


Hello Big Sur!

I had a conversation with Susana about this press release because I felt the language could be clearer in the “NOTE:” section. To clarify, residents will have access to Palo Colorado Road and the residences north of and up to Rocky Creek Bridge during the overnight closures but they will not be able to drive through the existing roadwork closure into Big Sur.

Today’s Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 9 am
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


** UPDATE #22 **

Daytime roadwork on Highway 1 continues next week from 7 am to 5 pm Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22.

Overnight closuresnext week are as follows:

Sunday, March 17 through Thursday, March 21—9 pm to 7am—full closure each night; details are as follows:
Sunday, March 17 through Monday, 18 (7 am)—full closure will be the usual project limits;
Monday, March 18 through Thursday, March 21 (Friday 7am)—EXTENDED full closure will begin just north of Rocky Point Restaurant to the usual project limits;

Bridge work being done on Sunday night is girder prep work. Monday through Thursday overnight work is girder installation. The 90-ft long girder delivery trucks need to back up to install girders—therefore necessitating the extended full closure from just north of Rocky Point Restaurant to the project limits.

NOTE: Residents will be allowed to get through the 2-mile section between Rocky Point Restaurant and the project limits during the overnight full closures from Monday through Thursday night (Friday am)

Highway 1 at Rocky Creek has one-way signalized traffic control 24/7. Traffic will be stopped for 10 minutes at a time during daytime roadwork. Full overnight closures will be scheduled five nights a week Sundays through Thursdays, unless otherwise indicated. No overnight closures will occur on Friday/ Saturday nights.

The project to construct a permanent viaduct about 15 miles south of Carmel near the Rocky Creek Bridge began on Sept. 4. Completion is scheduled by Labor Day, weather permitting. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for regular updates.

The contractor for this $11 million viaduct project is Golden State Bridge of Martinez, CA.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email roadwork updates.

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

For more information, please visit: orcontact the Hwy. 1 Cambria to Carmel Toll-Free Hotline at 888-836-0866.

This press release brought to you by the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100 – Contains local information and updates on emergency information when appropriate.

Highway 1 Big Sur now has a toll free hotline to Check Road Conditions courtesy of CalTrans 888-836-0866

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