Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 CLOSURE IN CARMEL BETWEEN RIO RD AND CARMEL VALLEY RD SET FOR NEXT TUESDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY – Winter preparation work will result in a full closure of Highway 1 in Carmel next Tuesday.

The closure will take place on Highway 1 between Rio Road and Carmel Valley Road on Tuesday October 19, from 9 am to 2 pm.

A detour will be in place to the east of Highway 1. Travelers will be routed from Rio Road and Carmel Valley Road eastward to Carmel Rancho Blvd and will loop back to return to Highway 1.

Travelers can expect delays of up to 10 minutes.

CHP will be on hand to help with traffic control. Message and directional signs will be in place to assist travelers. Please allow extra time for your commute through the area.

Every year Caltrans maintenance and geotechnical engineers complete field reviews to assess slopes for rockfall and other issues. Crews are eager to detect the possible movement of rock of any size from a cliff or slope that is steep enough for the rock to move down the slope. This closure will permit crews to perform rock scaling, a stabilization and management measure, to help ensure the safety of all travelers.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

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PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
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Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL SET FOR HIGHWAY 1 NEAR GARRAPATA STATE PARK NEXT TUESDAY / WEDNESDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY – Winter preparation of drainage systems on Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast will result in one-way traffic control on Tuesday October 12 and Wednesday October 13 near Garrapata State Park.

Tuesday October 12, from 8:30 am to 2 pm, one-way traffic control will be in effect at Garrapata State Park and the Soberanes Canyon Trailhead (Post Mile 66).

Wednesday October 13, from 8:30 am to 2 pm, one-way traffic control will be in effect one half mile south of the Trailhead (Post Mile 65.5).

Travelers can expect delays of up to 5 minutes.

Message and directional signs will be in place to assist travelers.

Please allow extra time for your commute through the area.

This traffic control will permit crews to perform cleaning of drainage infrastructure in advance of winter weather to help ensure the safety of all travelers.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Posted by: Stan Russell | October 4, 2021

Big Sur Health Center Free Flu Shot Clinic 10/12/21

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Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 22, 2021

Los Padres National Forest will re-open to the public September 23

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
September 22, 2021
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 895-0841
andrew.madsen
www.facebook.com/lpnf
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres National Forest will
re-open to the public September 23

SOLVANG, Calif.— Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that the forest-wide closure that took effect August 31 will expire at midnight tonight, re-opening public access to Forest campgrounds, roads and trails beginning tomorrow, September 23. Fire restrictions banning wood and charcoal fires remain in effect throughout the Forest, however these restrictions have been modified to allow the use of portable lanterns and stoves with a shut-off valve in both developed campgrounds and dispersed sites by visitors with a valid California Campfire Permit.

The forest-wide closures on the other three Southern California national forests – Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino – will also expire tonight with modified or updated fire use restrictions.

More than 7,400 wildfires have burned approximately 2.25 million acres across all jurisdictions in California this year. As of Sept. 20, the national preparedness level has been lowered to Preparedness Level 4 (PL4); the Northern California Geographic Area was also lowered to PL4 while the Southern California Geographic Area remains at PL4. Los Padres National Forest continues to monitor conditions on the forest for public and firefighter safety as the potential danger continues for high-intensity fires and large fire growth.

Los Padres officials wish to thank the public for the patience and understanding that has been shown during this challenging fire season. For more information, please visit the Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

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Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
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NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
September 15, 2021
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 895-0841
andrew.madsen
www.facebook.com/lpnf
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres National Forest to remain
closed to the public until September 22

SOLVANG, Calif.— Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that the current forest-wide emergency closure order has been extended through midnight on Sept. 22. The Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests are also extending their forest-wide closures through midnight on Sept. 22.

The Regional Order that closed public access to all national forests in California through Sept. 17 will be rescinded today. Due to ongoing high fire danger and active wildfires across the West, the Southern California national forests will remain closed for another week to better provide for public and firefighter safety. Large numbers of fire personnel from the Southern California national forests are demobilizing and returning to their home units after weeks of nonstop work.

By temporarily reducing the numbers of people on the Forest, this Closure Order will minimize the likelihood that visitors could become entrapped during an emergency and decrease the potential for new fire starts at a time of extremely limited firefighting resources. Severe and persistent drought due to hot and dry weather has led to rapid growth and increasingly unpredictable fire behavior across Northern California with no relief expected until late fall. Conditions in Southern California are similar and likely to worsen.

Currently, there are 11 large uncontained fires burning on National Forest System lands statewide, and there are more than 15,000personnel, 303 crews, and 1,113 engines committed to fire fighting in California. This Closure Order is intended to reduce the likelihood of a new fire start over the next week.

Los Padres officials wish to thank the public for the patience and understanding that has been shown during this challenging fire season. For more information, please visit the Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

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Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Forest Service Temporarily Closing All California National Forests for Public Safety

The Pacific Southwest Region is temporarily closing all National Forests in order to better provide for public and firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions throughout the state, and strained firefighting resources throughout the country. This closure will be effective on Tuesday August 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. By temporarily reducing the number of visitors during this extreme threat, this closure will minimize the likelihood that visitors could become trapped on National Forest System lands during emergency circumstances, decrease the potential for new fire starts at a time of extremely limited firefighting resources, and enhance firefighter and community safety by limiting exposure that occurs in public evacuation situations, especially as COVID-19 continues to impact human health and strain hospital resources.

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Date: Friday, August 20, 2021
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LONG TERM CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TO BEGIN ON HIGHWAY 1
SOUTH OF LIMEKILN STATE PARK

MONTEREY COUNTY – A project to replace a culvert and repair erosion on Highway 1 south of Limekiln State Park will result in long term one-way traffic control beginning Monday August 23.

The construction project on Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast is located at Post Mile 20.4. This is approximately .36 miles south of Limekiln State Park and 1.4 miles north of Kirk Creek Campground. The project location is popularly known as Lucia Fountain.

Construction operations will commence Monday August 23 at 7 am.

One-way traffic control will be in effect Monday thru Friday from 7 am to 7 pm.

Travelers can expect delays of 10 to 15 minutes.

Message and directional signs will be in place to assist travelers. Please allow extra time for your travel through the area.

Work is scheduled to be completed, weather permitting, by the end of November 2021.

The network of culverts that lace Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast serve as critical infrastructure to keep water and debris off the roadway during winter weather. Maintaining the integrity of culverts and erosion repair efforts contribute to the resiliency of the roadway during inclement conditions.

This $750,000 project is being performed by Serafix Engineering of Santa Rosa, CA.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Date: Friday, July 23, 2021
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 AT BIXBY BRIDGE FULLY REOPENED
ALL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES CANCELLED

MONTEREY COUNTY – Highway 1 at the Bixby Bridge has been fully reopened and overnight closures previously scheduled to continue into next week have been cancelled.

Highway 1 at the Bixby Bridge reopened today Friday July 23 at 6:30 am and will remain open at this location without any daytime or nighttime restrictions for travelers.

Contracted maintenance crews were able to perform repairs and complete inspections of the bridge ahead of schedule.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Contracted Maintenance Teams work on arches below the Bixby Bridge, July 20, 2021.

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

As Monterey County’s COVID-19 cases increase, so does the need for safe isolation services. A reminder to all residents, that the County’s Alternate Housing Site (AHS) Program is still available to help reduce the spread of COVID. The number of clients in the AHS program has jumped from 1 to 12 in the last two days.

Please see the attached information release for details. Fliers about the program are also attached for your information.

Maia Carroll
Communications Coordinator
County of Monterey

ALTERNATIVE HOUSING PROGRAM PRESS RELEASE PDF

COMBINED FLYER ABOUT THE PROGRAM – SPANISH & ENGLISH

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

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Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

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