Posted by: Stan Russell | March 27, 2017

Caltrans Update * Same information as last Friday*

Photos of Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—working on the slope cut at Paul’s Slide.

*Same information as last Friday*

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 once they are in between the gated areas of Paul’s and Mud Creek.

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.


· 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.


· 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 29 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 .

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—working on the slope cut at Paul’s Slide.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—working on the slope cut at Paul’s Slide.



  1. Hello everyone from Big Sur Blog. I’m from Brazil and going to visit california in September! I’m really excited to cross higway 1 and big sur, especially. Do you think until there the brigde is going to be available again?? Thanks!!

    • Caltrans is stating the bridge will be finished in September but no specific date of opening.

      • They now have a completion date: September 31, 2017.

    • The new bridge will be completed by September 31, 2017

  2. Hi there, We’re planning a trip up the coast in June 2017, and know the bridge won’t be open then – but what we’re struggling to determine is whether there are any diversions in place to continue north around the diversion from the south, or whether we’d have to branch off much further south onto Highway 46 then go up the Interstate. Any advice much appreciated, done a fair bit of research but seem to have hit a brick wall with this particular query.
    Thanks a million.
    Sandra & Faye.

    • We are expecting the southern section of Highway 1 to open in June. The only other route to take you to 101 besides 46 is Nacimiento-Ferguson Road which meets the coast at Kirk Creek campground. The Pfeiffer Canyon bridge is scheduled to open September 31, 2017.

      • Thanks so much for that Stan, really appreciate the extra bit of information.

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