Posted by: Stan Russell | February 22, 2017

SR-1 FULL CLOSURE CONTINUES–RAGGED PT (SLO PM 72.87) TO JUST SOUTH OF PALO COLORADO (PM 61.5)

CALTRANSHIGHWAY 1 UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
9:20 AM

The slide at MM 57 between Little Sur bridge and Hurricane Point now has a lane open per CHP & Caltrans

SR-1 FULL CLOSURE CONTINUES–RAGGED PT (SLO PM 72.87) TO JUST SOUTH OF PALO COLORADO (PM 61.5).

*IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS BRIDGE ASSESSMENT FINDINGS/BIG SUR COAST PLANS:

· A BRIDGE INSPECTION WAS MADE YESTERDAY, TUESDAY, FEB. 21. THE BRIDGE HAS MOVED SEVERAL FEET SINCE SATURDAY, FEB. 11, AND IS DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR—The bridge will not re-open to anyone—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.

· Drilling is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, either Thursday or Friday for approximately two weeks. Caltrans geotechnical and bridge experts from around the state are working as quickly as possible toward the bridge replacement. Drilling investigation findings are targeted for March 17.

· On the maintenance side, with a couple of days of dry weather our goal is to make progress with the slides to regain as much access from the south as possible. We are also working to keep the roadway passable from the north to just north of the Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge. Yesterday was no exception when multiple slides were cleared up and one lane opened at River Inn and at a recurring slide just south of Hurricane Pt (PM 57)—which is still active today but we have several pieces of equipment keeping it passable.

*BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN*

Locals may travel in a truck or high center vehicle, daytime only:

1) Between Ragged. Pt. and Big Creek Bridge and

2) Between just north of Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge and Carmel.

Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided around mid-morningtomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 23.

NOTE: For information on emergency services for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO atcarrollm or via phone at (831) 796-3092.

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Responses

  1. Hello- I was planning on travelling down Route 1 from SF to LA next week. Will it be possible to see Big Sur at all, or will I have to take an alternate route passed the who area? Thanks!

    • Hello Courtney,
      At this point Highway 1 is severely impacted and access is limited to locals and emergency vehicles. By next week I imagine we will have public access so please check back and keep an eye on this blog. You won’t be able to traverse Highway 1 completely through Big Sur. We have a failed bridge about 27 miles south of Carmel and that definitely will not be passable. Keep your eye on this blog and we’ll keep the public updated.


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