Posted by: Stan Russell | March 14, 2017

Highway 1 Update–Tuesday, March 14, 2017: Estimated opening of Highway One north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is today, Tuesday, March 14 by 5 PM; LOCALS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RESUPPLY THROUGH THIS WEEK

Estimated opening of Highway One north of PCB will be today, Tuesday, March 14 by 5 PM.

Below are today’s updates – in bright blue.

NOTE: Please realize that this schedule is not set in stone and conditions or unforeseen challenges may necessitate the work schedule to take a different direction or cease at times.

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Here’s our update, starting from south to north:

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Multi-Agency Facility (MAF-PM 46.35)

This site was evaluated yesterday afternoon, March 13 by State Parks, Big Sur Fire Brigade, OES, Forest Service, CHP, locals and Caltrans. It was concurred that the MAF be the “turn around” point. Caltrans Construction and Maintenance will perform additional prep work and CHP will relocate the northern closure (currently jso of Palo Colorado) to the MAFtoday. State Route will re-open to the public tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14 by 5 pm. All business north of the closure will be open.

UPDATED INFORMATION IN BLUE

SR-1 FULL CLOSURE CONTINUES–RAGGED PT (SLO PM 72.87) TO THE MULTI-AGENCY FACILITY (MAF PM 46.25) AS OF 5 PM TODAY, WITH NEXT OPPORTUNITY FORRESUPPLY/DELIVERY ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 AND FRIDAY, MARCH 17 BETWEEN 10 AM AND 3 PM EACH DAYTHIS WEEK**.

**Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) 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 locals and allowing delivery vehicles through. The next opportunity for resupply will be Wednesday, March 15 and Friday, March 17 between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm each day. LOCALS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RESUPPLY THROUGH THIS WEEK. Slide removal and highway realignment at Paul’s Slide is scheduled to begin next Monday, March 20 and may require limited local access for an undetermined amount of time.

Locals only are recommended to travel from 7 am to 7 pm, due to continued slide activity, between Ragged Pt. and the Big Sur Deli with local I.D. through this week.

The school bus also continues to be allowed to cross Paul’s Slide until this weekend.

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

· 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 Demolition

The crane, in its current configuration, will not free fall the wrecking ball with the required force needed. New parts have been ordered and should arrive tomorrow. Depending on the delivery and assembly, another attempt will take place at a later date; possibly as early as Wednesday morning, March 15.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Any remaining vehicles 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.

· Drilling continues and 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 Friday, March 17.

*BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN*

Locals may travel in a truck, SUV or vanbetween 7 am and 7 pm this week:

1) between Ragged. Pt. and Big Sur Deli (PM 45.3) and

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

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

Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided around mid-day on Wednesday, March 15 or sooner if conditions change.

NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans road 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.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge PM 45.52—courtesy of Stan Russell.

Point Sur PM 54.4—courtesy of Stan Russell.

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