CALTRANSHIGHWAY 1 UPDATE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
1:00 PM

1) Video shows blasting of house-size boulder at Cow Cliffs (PM 28.35) in order to make road passable. 2-4) Aerial photos below of Pfeiffer Cyn. Bridge (PM 45.5) from yesterday—courtesy of Stan Russell—Big Sur Chamber.

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

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

· DUE TO EXTREME SAFETY CONCERNSAND THE BRIDGE’S DYNAMIC INSTABILITY, EVERYONE needs to STAY CLEARand not get within 100 feet of either side of the bridge. This closure will be enforced.

· Drilling began yesterday, Thursday and will continue 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. You can see the drilling rig in these photos.

· On the maintenance side, 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—for locals only.

*BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN*

Locals may travel in a truck, SUV or van, daytime only (after 10 am):

1) between Ragged. Pt. and Limekiln Crk Bridge (PM 21) 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-morning Monday, Feb. 27 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.

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 23, 2017

Aerial Photos of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Cracking in Half 2/23/17

Photos of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge from a helicopter today.
Flight by Specialized Helicopters, Watsonville
Photography by Stan Russell

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is cracking in half. The drilling rig on the right will be drilling for two weeks to determine the geology of the area to determine how to anchor the foundation of the new bridge. Their report is due March 16, 2017

The crack is now all the way through the bridge. The rebar is holding this bridge up while the suppurt

From the surface of the roadway

The surface of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is cracking in half and collapsing as shown in this image. Photo by Stan Russell

Another angle to show how much the bridge has sagged while we can do nothing but wait for it to break. Photo by Stan Russell

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 23, 2017

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING FRIDAY EVACUATION

Hello Big Sur!

As per Susana Cruz, Caltrans, due to condition of Paul’s Slide, there will not be an opportunity for re-supply from the south on Friday, February 24, 2017, or Saturday, February 25, 2017. There will be a one-time only opportunity for residents/guests evacuate to the south tomorrow at 1:00 PM from Dolan Point, PM 29.7, south to Ragged Point, in a convoy. Once this convoy clears Dolan Point, Highway 1 will be subject to a hard closure at that location. No traffic, re-supply or other vehicle access will be allowed to travel north.

An emergency contract has been granted to have a soil nail wall installed at Paul’s Slide on a 24×7 basis. Completion of wall is expected in two weeks, at which time, there should be regular access north and south through Paul’s Slide.

At this time all resupply efforts will have to be coordinated through Monterey County Office of Emergency Services. The Big Sur Chamber of Commerce and the Big Sur Coast Property Owners Association have distributed supply needs lists and these should be completed and returned as soon as possible so that they can be provided to the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services.

Businesses return their needs list information to Kirk Gafill at kgafill@nepenthebigsur.com

Everyone else return your needs list information to Patte Kronlund at pattekronlund1@aol.com

Thank you,

Kirk

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 22, 2017

Unemployment Relief

Hello Big Sur!

This will help expedite your unemployment relief.

After going back and forth with EDD this is going to be the best approach for Big Sur unemployed residents to go through the process. By taking the approach below it will expedite the process, yet will still take 2-3 weeks. Can you send this out to the Big Sur business community?

For claims with the EDD (Economic Development Department), there is a little bit of information EDD requires in order to process your claim. Here is the list of things needed from each individual filling out a claim:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Social Security Number
  • Employer
  • Wage
  • Last Day of Work
  • Why you are no longer working?

Additionally, it is important that you indicate that you live in Monterey County and that Governor Brown has declared a State of Emergency for your county. The quickest way for you to submit a claim would be to either call the Employment Development Department at (800) 300-5616 or email and forward Jasper Hall, Field Representative in Senator Bill Monning’s office. His email is jasper.hall.

Please give me a call if you have any questions or concerns.

Best,

Toby Uptain-Villa

Field Representative, Senator William W. Monning

99 Pacific Street, Suite 575F

Monterey, CA 93940

P: (831) 657-6315 | F: (831) 657-6320

http://sd17.senate.ca.gov/

Caltrans update1:00 PM

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

***PG&E IS CLOSING HIGHWAY 1 AT FERNWOOD (PM 47.03) AT 1:15 PM TODAY, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, TO REPLACE TWO-THREE OF THE DAMAGED AND FALLEN POWER POLES THAT CAME DOWN WITH TREES RECENTLY. ETO IS 5 PM TODAY***.

*BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN*

Locals, Emergency Services and Propane trucks of a 30’ maximum length, may travel in a truck, daytime only:

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

2) between just north of Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge and JNO FERNWOOD (PM 47.03).

Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided around mid-morning tomorrow, 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 at carrollm or via phone at (831) 796-3092.

Hello Big Sur!

As per Caltrans, Susana Cruz District 5 PIO , Highway 1 will be open south from Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge to San Luis Obispo, to allow for local access and local resupply. Pending confirmation from Caltrans, it is currently anticipated that access will be provided from 12 PM to 5 PM on Friday, February 24, 2017, and from 7 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Access will then be closed until upcoming weekend weather event passes and Caltrans has opportunity to reevaluate road conditions.

Key points:

· Main concern point is Paul’s Slide location – due to narrow road bed and delicate condition of area, no articulated vehicles, semis, tractor trailers or vehicles in excess of 30’ will be provided access. Small propane and fuel trucks will be allowed access as long as vehicle length is no more than 30’.

· Trucks and high clearance vehicles are recommended for passage on Highway 1 between Big Creek and Ragged Point.

· After this weekend’s weather event passes and Caltrans has been able to re-assess road conditions, next opportunity for access to both local and public traffic on Highway 1 will be evaluated.

· Currently, there is local access from Ragged Point to Big Creek.

Additionally, the CHP has asked that vendors, delivery vehicles, and contractors be able to provide names and addresses of clients so that traffic officers can ensure that these vehicles should be allowed into locals only access areas.

All businesses and residents are encouraged to immediately begin making plans for resupply with vendors and contractors so that they are prepared to take advantage of upcoming access windows once confirmed by Caltrans.

Please push this out to Chamber email list ASAP.

Thank you,

Kirk

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.

Hello Big Sur!

Although Caltrans announced late last night Highway 1 would be open to town this morning there was a slide overnight at MM57 which is located between the Little Sur river bridge and Hurricane Point.

CHP info below. Keep your eyes on the CHP site and if I hear a lane has been cleared for passage I’ll put out another email.

For those inside the closure CPOA put out an email stating Loma Vista will be open today, Wednesday from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

8:34 AM 9 [14] 1039 CALTRANS WILL CHECK AND CALL BACK 8:32 AM 8 [13] D5 WITH CALTRANS SUPERVISOR FOR BRIDGE DETAIL / REQ TO SEE IF LINES DOWN IN BIG SUR IF CREW CAN COME UP FRM BIG SUR OR IF THEY NEED TO GO FRM THE NORTH TO SOUTH TO CLEAR IT

8:07 AM 7 [12] 1039 LL WITH 27-S1 WITH INFO

8:02 AM 6 [10] BABCOCK WILL BE MOVING THE CLOSURE

8:02 AM 5 [9] COUNTY ASKED OFCR BABCOCK TO MOVE THE SLIDE TO JNO PALO COLORADO – TO BLOCK ACCESS TO PALO COLORADO

7:18 AM 4 [7] 1 HR ETA FOR DOT 6:58 AM 3 [4] LET CALTRANS KNOW MM 57 IS COMPLETELY BLOCKED / STILL ACTIVELY SLIDING

6:37 AM 2 [2] HARD CLOSURE NOW JSO PALO COLORADO

6:37 AM 1 [1] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from INFO-Information to CLOSURE of a Road by CHP

Stan Russell

CALTRANSHIGHWAY 1 UPDATE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
10:00 PM

Photos from today

SR-1 FULL CLOSURE MOVED SOUTH–RAGGED PT (SLO PM 72.87) TO JSO PALO COLORADO (PM 61.50).

*IMPORTANT NOTE TO LOCALS: SEVERAL DAYS OF RAIN ARE ANTICIPATED TO CONTINUE THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22. DUE TO SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE WILL REMAIN FULLY CLOSED, INCLUDING TO PEDESTRIAN AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. THE NEXT BRIDGE INSPECTION WILL BE MADE EITHER ON TUESDAY, FEB. 21 OR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, AFTER THE RAIN, BUT IT IS NOT LIKELY THE BRIDGE WILL RE-OPEN.

*BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN*

LOCALS may travel in a truck or high center vehicle, daytime only
1) Between Ragged. Pt. and Lucia and
2) JNO Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge to/from north.

Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided around mid-morning tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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.


Mud Creek (PM 8.8)


Mud Creek (PM 8.8)


River Inn (PM 49.3)

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 21, 2017

Helicopter Flights for Wednesday morning, Feb. 22

Hello Big Sur!

Here’s an update from Specialized Helicopters.

Specialized Helicopters will be providing flights in and out of Big Sur tomorrow, (Wednesday) from 8am to about noon or as needed. The only 2 authorized locations at this point are Monterey airport and Post Ranch Inn. So please plan your route from one of this locations to the other for now. The more seats we fill each way with persons or supplies the lower the per seat cost. Currently it is about $780 for us to fly round trip from Watsonville to Post Ranch Inn and back to Monterey. We are trying to keep the costs down for all involved and that takes coordination. So please be flexible if you can so we can accommodate as many as possible at the best possible price. Please call our office starting at 9am to coordinate a flight. We have several morning flights booked and have 1 or 2 seats to fill. (831) 763-2244

AMR is flying in two people and supplies on one flight and a second flight is flying in a water tech so there are two seats available to fly in on that flight. If the helicopter is full the price can be around $130/leg. I know there are homeowners trying to get back to their homes and there may be other unique needs and we are trying to accommodate these needs. We are still working on getting a landing zone closer to the north side of the bridge to bring the shuttle flight cost down to move people north over the bridge but at this point Highway 1 is closed at Granite Creek Bridge (PM 65) which puts it at Garrapata State Park.

You cannot leave your vehicle at Post Ranch Inn so if you are flying out you’ll need to make plans to be dropped off.

Stan Russell

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