Posted by: Stan Russell | March 28, 2016

HML: Nowhere is Our Real Home

From Henry Miller Memorial Library

A new speakers series exploring how developing areas in the West can maintain their wild character in our "virtual age."

As you read this, it’s a sunny late-March weekday morning here on the coast, and approximately 85 cars are parked along Highway 1 near Big Sur Station.

It feels like July, but it’s late March.

If there was any doubt, it’s official now. The world is hip to Big Sur. The genie’s out of the bottle.

And this increased popularity, as we all know, brings with it a whole host of challenges affecting the land the visitors and the residents.

Workers’ housing. Short-term rentals. Traffic congestion. Public access curtailed. Clogged up vistor’s parking. Garbage in the wilderness. The commercialization of neighborhoods. Drones. (Yes, drones.)…

If you are concerned about these issues and what Big Sur will look in five, 10, 25 years, we encourage you to come to the Henry Miller Library on April 3rd at 4 pm.

We’ll be launching our new speaking series,
Nowhere Is Our Real Home:
Community and Identity in the New West.

Across the summer, some of the country’s most thoughtful conservationists, historians, and naturalists will talk about how developing areas can maintain their wild character in our "virtual age."

Our inaugural speaker will be David Gessner, award-winning author of All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West and nine other books.
David will discuss his own "post-regionalist philosophy" about what home and its relationship to the wild might mean now, using Wallace Stegner, Edward Abbey, and Wendell Berry as touchstones.

Future speakers include Kenneth Brower (above; June 5th, Not Man Apart), Malcolm Margolin (July 31st, Life in a California Mission: Monterey in 1786), and Don Usner (Aug. 7th The Natural History of Big Sur).

More speakers will be added as the spring turns into summer. To learn more about this series, click here.

To RSVP for David’s talk on April 3rd please visit the library website. This talk is by donation.
Welcome!

Henry Miller Memorial Library | http://www.henrymiller.org | 831-667-2574

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 22, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 45*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include bar reinforcing steel-beams.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows finished beams next to ones ready to be encased in shotcrete on the job on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

*UPDATE #32*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 28), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 29), 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Next week we will be placing forms for the viaduct diaphragms and deck. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

Photos of 4 x 8 stringers on brackets and installation of deck soffit on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 18, 2016

Big Sur Flow Study Meeting March 24, 2016

Big Sur Flow Study Meeting March 24, 2016,
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Grange Hall
The Department of Fish and Wildlife will present the results of the recently completed Big Sur flow study. At the time the Big Sur Watershed Management Plan was completed, flow study results were not available. This is an opportunity for interested community members to learn about the results of the study and ask questions. Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Margaret Paul
Senior Environmental Scientist
(831) 649-2882

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 15, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 44*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include bar reinforcing steel-beams.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows the contractor removing forms from beams that were encased in shotcrete on the job on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

-MORE-

*UPDATE #31*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 28), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 29), 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Next week we will be placing forms for the viaduct diaphragms and deck. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

Photos of 4 x 8 stringers on brackets

installation of deck soffit on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866

Hello Big Sur!

Cow Cliffs & Elephant Trunk
Going forward, as the Cow Cliffs and Elephant Trunk projects are in a ‘steady as we go’ stage I will only be sending email notifications out if there is going to be a change, such as an extended daytime one-way traffic control time frame or an overnight closure. Caltrans press releases will continue to be posted in the locations noted below as we receive them.
http://thebigsurblog.com
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/highway_conditions.html

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Vista Point
In the meantime, I would like to acknowledge the impressive Vista Point upgrades overlooking Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park at mile marker 37.00. Caltrans did an amazing job with life size mosaics of a California Condor and a migrating Gray whale with her calf. In addition to the life-size mosaics, inlaid in granite stone, several informational kiosks were also installed. Four solar powered ADA audio buttons are installed but the descriptive audio had yet to be programmed in when I visited.

Credit for this impressive artwork goes to Corby Kilmer. Corby Kilmer, Caltrans District 5 Landscape Architect/Transportation Art Coordinator designed the mosaics for these interpretive displays. Ms. Kilmer also designed the kiosks with the assistance of retired historian, Paula Carr and current historian, Alexandra Bevk. The mosaics were cut and installed by the contractor, RSB Group, Inc. from Lake Forest, California.

Enjoy these photos I took while recently visiting the Vista Point but I encourage you all to stop by and have a look for yourself!
All photos by Stan Russell

MOSAICS

Life size Gray whale. See her little calf?

Detail of the eye of the Gray whale engraved in granite stone.

Ventana Wildlife Society Biologists Amy and Melissa stopped by to check out the condor art and search for radio signals on nearby condors.

Condor mosaic details

KIOSKS

Condor: Returning to Our Skies informational kiosk inserted into a large stone

Whales!: A Spectacular Sight kiosk – information on many of the whales that frequent the Big Sur coast

Redwood Giants: Trees of the Mist

Inspiration: A Wild Coast and Lonely – some of our more colorful and inspired legends

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 43*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include bar reinforcing steel-beams.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows the contractor working shotcrete of the beams on the job on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

-MORE-
*UPDATE #30*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 28), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 29), 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Next week we will be placing forms for the viaduct diaphragms and deck. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

Photos of 4 x 8 stringers on brackets

Installation of deck soffit on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California

A flash flood watch is now in effect from 2 PM today to 10 PM this evening for our entire region due to the heavy rainfall expected later today.
Remember to always "Turn Around Don’t Drown" if you encounter flooded roadways.

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 2, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

Today’s Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 42*
ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES – A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include bar reinforcing steel-beams. All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows the contractor working on the beams on the job on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

*UPDATE #29*
HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY – A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 28), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 29), 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Next week we will be placing forms for the viaduct diaphragms and deck. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

4X8 stringer under the soffit placing the deck soffit

Photos of 4 x 8 stringers on brackets

installation of deck soffit on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 24, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 41*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include the placement of lagging and ground anchors.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows the contractor working on the lagging on the north side of the job on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

-MORE-
*UPDATE #28*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 28), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 29), 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Next week we will be placing forms for the viaduct diaphragms and deck. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

4 x 8 stringers on brackets

Installation of deck soffit on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 16, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 40*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include the placement of lagging and ground anchors.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows the contractor placing rebar cages on the piles on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.
-MORE-

*UPDATE #27*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 28), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 29), 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Next week we will be placing forms for the viaduct diaphragms and deck. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

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