Today’s Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones

Phone: (805) 549-3237 or 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS ANNOUNCES PLAN TO RE-OPEN STATE ROUTE 1 AT MUD CREEK AFTERMASSIVE LANDSLIDE

Highway Opening Set for July 20Restores Full Access to the Big Sur Coast

MONTEREY COUNTY–Caltrans has announced that State Route 1 at Mud Creek along the southern Big Sur Coast is scheduled to re-open by Friday, July 20 at 11 am.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening will take place at the Ragged Point Inn at that time.

The re-opening of this section of State Route 1 follows a massive landslide on May 20, 2017 which resulted in the movement of six million cubic yards of material and 50 acres of displaced land, including the creation of 2,400 feet of new shoreline. A quarter-mile section of roadway was lost due to this landslide.

“We’re very pleased to share this long-awaited news with everyone who travels along this international destination the many businesses that benefit from the coast highway,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “Mud Creek is the last closure point so travelers will be able to take Highway 1 all the way through Big Sur for the first time in 18 months.

This section of State Route 1 was built across the slide material buttressed with a series of embankments and compacted soil and using protective features including berms, rocks, netting, culverts and other stabilizing material.

The rebuilding effort included construction seven days a week, dawn to dusk for the past year and was completed two months ahead of our initial mid-September estimate.

The contractor for this $54 million emergency project was John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA.

For traffic updates on all state highways in San Luis Obispo County, motorists may call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or visit:http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm.

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Highway 1 at Mud Creek near Gorda looking south (7/2/18, photo courtesy of Caltrans)

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Posted by: Stan Russell | July 2, 2018

Los Padres officials remind visitors of fireworks ban

News Release
For Immediate Release
July 2, 2018
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759
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Los Padres officials remind visitors of fireworks ban

GOLETA, Calif. – Los Padres National Forest officials are reminding Fourth of July visitors that the possession or use of fireworks—including the “safe and sane” variety—is strictly prohibited in the forest at all times. Rangers and law enforcement officers patrolling the forest will be strictly enforcing the ban in all areas of the Forest.

A violation of the law could result in a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail. In addition, anyone causing a wildfire is liable for all costs associated with suppressing the fire.

The Forest asks that all forest visitors take the following precautions to prevent wildfires:

Know Before You Go!

· Contact the Ranger Station nearest your destination to obtain information on current conditions

· A valid California Campfire Permit is required whenever visitors have a campfire or use lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel. Permits are available free-of-charge at any Forest Service office or by visiting http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/. All flammable materials within a distance of five feet from campfires and camp stoves must be cleared and a responsible person with a shovel must be present at all times while campfires and stoves are in use.

· Smoking is permitted in areas at least three feet in diameter that are barren or have been cleared of all flammable materials.

· Operating internal or external combustion engines requires a properly installed, maintained in effective working order and approved spark arresters.

You Can Help!

· Make sure your campfires are “dead out” prior to leaving, by adding water and stirring until ashes are cold.

· Avoid parking vehicles on grass, as hot engines can ignite dry vegetation.

· Report any suspicious activity to the nearest Forest Service Officer or Ranger Station. To report a fire or other emergency, call 911.

CALTRANS
Date: Monday, July 2, 2018
District: District 5 (Central Coast)
Contact: susana.cruz (bilingual) or jim.shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE*

Caltrans Continues Efforts to Rebuild and Reopen Highway 1 at Mud Creek

New Estimated Opening Slated for end of July 2018/Southern Closure Moved to Ragged Point

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, July 2, 2018

State Route 1 in Monterey County remains closed from Ragged Point (SLO 72.87) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek slide. State Route 1 south of Ragged Point is open through San Luis Obispo County.

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. This is the last closure point along Big Sur. When it opens by the end of July, Hwy. 1 from Cambria to Carmel will be open to through traffic.

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. Caltrans will continuously evaluate the opening date as work progresses so we anticipate providing another update in July. It’s expected that even after the highway is re-open, intermittent lane closures and roadwork may continue. The updated current cost is at $54 million.

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

Work from this past week and in the coming week includes continued work involving material hauling for north fill and creating the grade for new highway alignment.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 traffic signal remains in place and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline. Last week the contractor worked on rock fencing.

ADDITIONAL WORK—CALPORTLAND PAVING BETWEEN LUCIA (PM 23) AND JUST SOUTH OF PCB (45.52)

Final items continue taking place. No work scheduled for this week. Project is near completion.

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

The next update will be on Monday, July 9

Photos of Mud Creek Slide (left) June 1, 2017 and (right) June 3, 2018.

Photo of safety netting, June 29, 2016.

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 2, 2018

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project Update for Week of July 2nd

MONTEREY COUNTY
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AGENCY

Carl P. Holm, AICP, Director

LAND USE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT | PUBLICWORKS & FACILITIES | PARKS

1441 Schilling Place, South 2nd Floor (831)755-4800 Salinas, California 93901-4527 www.co.monterey.ca.us/rma

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project Update for Week of July 2nd

Our area is expected to experience heavy holiday traffic this weekend through next Sunday. Highway 1 will be especially affected. Please plan accordingly,

allow extra travel time. Check travel apps such as Waze for sigalerts related to this intersection.

Work crews will have regular daytime work hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be no work at the construction

site on Wednesday, July 4th.

New this week:

• ‘No Parking” signs have been placed near the entrance of Point Lobos on the east side of Highway 1. This will allow better access by emergency vehicles, which is particularly important during heavy holiday traffic. CHP will enforce this restriction.

• Additional directional signage has been painted on the roadway to help keep those crossing Highway 1 at Rio Road out of the right lane, which is right turn only. Back-ups were occurring as

drivers tried to get out of the wrong lane. To avoid congestion, those leaving the Crossroads can use Carmel Rancho Boulevard to pick up Highway 1.

Stay Informed!

Sign up to receive text message alerts about this project. Text Climbinglane to 888777.

• Caltrans crews will be onsite Monday working to coordinate their light at Highway 1 and Rio Road with the County light at Rio and the Crossroads.

Remember – business and shopping centers near the construction area are open! For easier access, drivers can detour to Carmel Valley Road and Carmel Rancho Boulevard.

For more information, or to sign up for project updates, contact Christine Poe at PoeC or (831) 755-5025 or Grant Leonard atgrant or (831) 775-4402.

 

Big news! Short films move to Monterey!

Starting July 1st, the Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series will be showing the world’s best shorts at a new (and larger) venue: The Irvine Auditorium at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, (499 Pierce St., Monterey)
Screenings will be every Sunday in July and August. Doors at 7, movies at 7:30.
(weekly screenings at the HM Library as always on Thursday nights)

Reserve your seat for the first night at MIIS*, Sunday, July 1 HERE!
Good Links:
General FaceBook Event Page
Henry Miller Library Event Page

Please help spread the word! Let your friends, fans, family and neighbors know. Like on FaceBook, print out the poster…it is truly an amazing series of film!

Download Poster HERE! (put it on your refrigerator! (-:)
Reserve your seat for all upcoming screenings in Monterey here.
(We will no longer will show the films at the Lab in Carmel.)
Questions? Email us or call 831-667-2574.

*this is the fourth night of the 2018 series.

 

Meanwhile, coming up on Saturday…

 

More Events!

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Stan Russell | June 25, 2018

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, June 25, 2018

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, June 25, 2018

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. This is the last closure point along Big Sur. When it opens by the end of July, Hwy. 1 from Cambria to Carmel will be open to through traffic.

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. Caltrans will continuously evaluate the opening date as work progresses so we anticipate providing an update in July. It’s expected that even after the highway is re-open, intermittent lane closures and roadwork may continue. The updated current cost is at $54 million.

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

Last week: Continued work on North fill and material hauling. This week: Continue hauling in material for north fill and making grade for new highway alignment.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 traffic signal remains in place and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline. Scaling took place last Friday, June 22. See photos attached.

ADDITIONAL WORK—CALPORTLAND PAVING BETWEEN LUCIA (PM 23) AND JUST SOUTH OF PCB (45.52)

Final items continue taking place. Post Ranch rockery repair was completed last week. No work scheduled for this week. Project is near completion.

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

The next update will be on Monday, July 2.

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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Photos 1 and 2 of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) north fill work from last Friday, June 22. Photos 3 and 4 of Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) of scaling operation from last Friday, June 22.

Today’s Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

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 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS RECEIVES SEVERAL AWARDS FOR HIGHWAY 1/PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

MONTEREY COUNTY – The Highway 1 Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge emergency replacement that was completed and opened to traffic on Oct. 13, 2017, has received numerous project engineering awards.

“It’s a testament to Caltrans and their design/contracting partners that a 315-foot long bridge so vital to the Big Sur community could be replaced in 8 months,” said Big Sur Chamber of Commerce President Kirk Gafill.

The many awards given to Caltrans are listed below.

The original concrete structure was severely damaged in February 2017 after record winter rains pelted Big Sur. The new, single span steel bridge was constructed by Golden State Bridge at a cost of $21.7 million, less than the original $24 million estimate.

We continue round-the-clock efforts to rebuild Highway 1 at Mud Creek, site of the largest landslide in Big Sur history that occurred on May 20, 2017. When it reopens at the end of July, the popular coastal highway will be fully restored from Cambria to Carmel.

AWARDS LIST

  • Organization: Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC)

Award: 2017 Transportation Excellence Award

Category: N/A

Result: Winner

  • Organization: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Award: 2018 Excellence In Partnering Award

Category: N/A

Result: Winner – Gold Level

  • Organization: American Public Works Association (APWA) – Monterey Bay Chapter

Award: 2018 Project of the Year Award

Category: Structures (Over $5,000,000 but under $25,000,000)

Result: Winner

-MORE-

  • Organization: California Transportation Foundation (CTF)

Award: 29th Annual CTF Transportation Awards

Category: Project of Special Recognition (Made up just for this project.)

Result: Winner

  • Organization: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Award: 2018 Excellence In Transportation Awards

Category: Major Structures

Result: Pending

  • Organization: American Public Works Association (APWA) – National

Award: National Public Works Project of the Year Award

Category: Disaster or Emergency Construction / Repair – Less Than $25,000,000

Result: Winner

  • Organization: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Award: 2017 America’s Transportation Awards

Category: Best Use of Technology & Innovation

Result: Winner

Photo of completed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Project from June 2018

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm

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Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

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para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

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Posted by: Stan Russell | June 20, 2018

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival, November 1-4, 2018

Hello Friends,

We have missed you all and can’t wait to have you join us on November 1- 4 for another spectacular weekend in Big Sur.

First, I would love to thank all of you again, for making 2017 such a huge success. Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge opened just two weeks before our event and you, our dear and loyal friends (some calling themselves, lifers), came out enthusiastically and we were more thrilled than ever to see you.

There is a ton of optimism in our ‘town‘ this year as Big Sur gets back on its feet following the challenges that we have faced recently. Part of this excitement is that Mud Creek, which has been closed for a year and a half, is destined to open by the end of July, which will make it easier for our southern folks to get to us.

The BSFW committee is excited to plan a great festival this year with Ventana, Post Ranch Inn, The Roadhouse, Henry Miller Library and Loma Vista once again opening up their doors for us to host some our stalwart events and we thank them, immensely. We also will be hosting an exciting panel about the history of the Chalone Appellation here in Monterey County featuring some older wines along with wines the new kids are doing with fruit from this iconic California appellation.

If you haven’t already booked your room for this year, make a reservation now! In fact, I would like to take a moment to encourage you, especially if you are a lifer, to also make plans for our 2019 Festival. As Big Sur businesses gain momentum so do competing events. We have found that many hotels are being booked up far in advance and one day my dream is to have the whole town booked for BSFW. This can only happen if you book your room as you check out this year.

Lastly but ever so important, we are seeking sponsors to help us produce the festival and support the Big Sur Community as we’ve been so proud to do. If you or your business is interested in our sponsorship opportunities, let us know and Elsa will send the information.

We are looking forward to seeing you this fall.

Cheers,
Aengus

Aengus WagnerPresident
Big Sur Food & Wine Festival
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From The Marine Mammal Center
What to do if you see a stranded marine mammal

The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike. Their mission is to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research and education. The species typically treated at the center are California sea lions, northern elephant seals and harbor seals, but can also include sea otters, cetaceans and even turtles! We rely on members of the public to call our 24 hours hotline (415-289-SEAL) to report marine mammals in distress. After an initial report is made, a team is dispatched to the location to assess the animal’s health and behavior. Here are some tips for reporting a stranded marine mammal in the Big Sur area:

– Use your zoom! Please take photos and observe the animal from a distance (they recommend about 50 ft).
– Do not attempt to remove the animal or return it to the water! Many seals and sea lions “haul out” temporarily to rest. Many mothers temporarily leave their pups on a beach while out fishing.
– Keep people and dogs away, disturbance increases the likelihood of the animal being scared back to the water, where our team is not able to assess or rescue.
– Note the physical characteristics – size, color, ears? This will help them determine the species.
– Note the physical condition of the animals. Is the animal thin? Injuries? Dry? Wet? Nasal discharge?
– Does the animal have a colored tag on its flipper?
– Determine the exact location of the animal. This is very important information, we need to find the animal in order to help it. (GPS coordinates are VERY helpful!).
– Call The Marine Mammal Center with the information above and send photos to their Google Voice number (415) 506-7325.

If you would like to volunteer, learn more information, or donate, please visit their website marinemammalcenter.org

UPDATED INFO ON PAUL’S SLIDE (PM 21.6) FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 22—LONG DELAYS EXPECTED

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Tuesday, June 19

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. This is the last closure point along Big Sur. When it opens by the end of July, Hwy. 1 from Cambria to Carmel will be open to through traffic.

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. Caltrans will continuously evaluate the opening date as work progresses so we anticipate providing an update in July. It’s expected that even after the highway is re-open, intermittent lane closures and roadwork may continue. The updated current cost is at $54 million.

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

This week: installed 42″ drainage pipes and repaired south approach slip out. Next week—Continuing work on North fill.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 traffic signal remains in place and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline. Crews will be doing a scaling operation at Paul’s on Friday, June 22 from 7 am to 4 pm with up to ½-hour delays for traffic. The scaling at Paul’s is part of future roadwork in preparation for next winter.

ADDITIONAL WORK—CALPORTLAND PAVING BETWEEN LUCIA (PM 23) AND JUST SOUTH OF PCB (45.52)

Final items continue taking place. Post Ranch rockery repair was completed last week. No work scheduled for this week. Project is near completion.

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

The next update will be on Monday, June 25.

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

805.549.3138

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Photos of Mud Creek: 1) Installing north drainage pipe. 2) North fill.

Photos of Mud Creek: 1) Installing north drainage pipe. 2) North fill.

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