Posted by: Stan Russell | March 26, 2018

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, March 26

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, March 26

State Route 1 in Monterey County remains closed from north of Salmon Creek, just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek slide. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County near Ragged Point.

REMINDER: Travelers still CANNOT access the entire length of Highway 1 from Carmel to Cambria but local businesses are open on both sides of Mud Creek.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing over 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain with the projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

This week: The same ongoing operations continued: placing rock at the toe, building up the north fill, and excavating material below the new alignment to finished grade.

There is currently no public/local access through the Mud Creek area since this remains an active, emergency construction zone.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

Three days of daytime closures from 6 am to 7 pm each day have been in effect since Saturday, March 24 through today, Monday, March 26. Motorists have been able to go through Paul’s prior to 6 am or after 7 pm on those three days. Paul’s Slide resumes its opening under the 24/7 traffic signal and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline as of 7 pm today, Monday, March 26, weather permitting.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)

1.) Final work continues. Roadwork at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge consists of alternating lane closures from 7 am to 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 7 am to 2 pm on Fridays until work is complete. Project is completed with only a few final items remaining including installing additional fence panels, installing flange protection devices. Project expected to fully complete by the end of April, weather permitting.


Final items continue taking place for the next two months. Metal Beam Guardrail (MBGR) end treatment work at Castro Canyon (PM 43.12) and slope work along project limits is scheduled to take place in early Spring, weather permitting.

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

The next update will be on Monday, April 2 ☺

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

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Photos of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from Saturday, March 24 and Aerials of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) from Friday, March 23—Courtesy of John Madonna and labeled accordingly.

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