Posted by: Stan Russell | August 8, 2018

Los Padres officials announce additional fire restrictions

News Release
For Immediate Release
August 8, 2018
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759
andrewmadsen
www.facebook.com/lpnf
www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf

Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres officials announce additional fire restrictions

GOLETA, Calif. – Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that additional fire restrictions will go into effect beginning tomorrow, August 9, 2018. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until the end of the declared fire season:

  • Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including designated Campfire Use sites; however persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel within the designated Campfire Use Sites only. You must clear all flammable material for a distance of five feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when it is in use. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf) as well as at all Forest Service offices.
  • Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the National Forest unless specifically authorized by a special use permit with the Forest; however, hunting with a valid State of California hunting license during open hunting season is exempt from this restriction.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site.
  • Fireworks are prohibited at all times and in all locations within Los Padres National Forest.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order on roads and trails specifically designated for such use. This restriction is in effect year-round.

Violators are subject to a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail, and could be liable for the full cost of any fire suppression activities that result from their actions. For further information regarding current conditions as well as safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

This restriction will remain in effect until the end of fire season.

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Today’s Date: Tuesday, August 7, 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

*Update #1*

EMERGENCY RETAINING WALL OVERNIGHT WORK AT PAUL’S SLIDE COMPLETES THIS MORNING—A DAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

MONTEREY COUNTY – Augmenting the existing retaining wall required both directions of State Route 1 at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) to fully close overnight for only two nights, Sunday, Aug. 5 and Monday, Aug. 6, instead of the initial plan to fully close overnight for three nights, Caltrans officials announced today.

Roadwork was completed ahead of schedule and tonight’s closure (Tuesday night into Wednesday morning) is no longer necessary.

Paul’s Slide suffered major storm damage last January, 2017, losing part of its embankment including the southbound lane and closing for several months. Paul’s Slide remains active and continues to be monitored; it has currently been operating under a temporary traffic signal for the last 12 months and the signal will remain in place.

John Madonna Construction is the contractor for this project. Augmenting the existing

retaining wall at Paul’s Slide will ensure a safer environment for all travelers.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through

Highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in

Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-831-372-0862 or

can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Aerial of Paul’s Slide #1 from today showing the Hermitage Retaining Wall completed.

Aerial of Paul’s Slide #2 from today showing the Hermitage Retaining Wall completed.

Today’s Date: Friday, August 3, 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

*REMINDER*

EMERGENCY RETAINING WALL WORK AT PAUL’S SLIDE REQUIRES THREE FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES IN BIG SUR STARTING SUNDAY NIGHT, AUG. 5

MONTEREY COUNTY – Augmenting the existing retaining wall will require both directions of State Route 1 at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) to fully close overnight for three nights, starting on Sunday, August 5th.

The highway will be closed from 10 pm to 6 am the next morning. Motorists/cyclists are advised to plan around these three emergency overnight hard closures. This roadwork should be completed by Wednesday morning, Aug. 8th at 6 am.

Paul’s Slide suffered major storm damage last January, 2017, losing part of its embankment including the southbound lane and closing for several months. Paul’s Slide remains active and continues to be monitored; it has currently been operating under a temporary traffic signal for the last 12 months and the signal will remain in place.

John Madonna Construction is the contractor for this project. Augmenting the existing retaining wall at Paul’s Slide will ensure a safer environment for all travelers.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through

Highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Paul’s Slide Photo #1 from today showing Retaining Wall needing Repairs

Paul’s Slide Photo #2 from today showing Retaining Wall needing Repairs

Today’s Date: Monday, July 30, 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

EMERGENCY RETAINING WALL WORK AT PAUL’S SLIDE REQUIRES THREE FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES IN BIG SUR STARTING SUNDAY NIGHT, AUG. 5

MONTEREY COUNTY – Augmenting the existing retaining wall will require both directions of State Route 1 at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) to fully close overnight for three nights, starting on Sunday, August 5th.

The highway will be closed from 10 pm to 6 am the next morning. Motorists/cyclists are advised to plan around these three emergency overnight hard closures. This roadwork should be completed by Wednesday morning, Aug. 8th at 6 am.

Paul’s Slide suffered major storm damage last January, 2017, losing part of its embankment including the southbound lane and closing for several months. Paul’s Slide remains active and continues to be monitored; it has currently been operating under a temporary traffic signal for the last 12 months and the signal will remain in place.

John Madonna Construction is the contractor for this project. Augmenting the existing

retaining wall at Paul’s Slide will ensure a safer environment for all travelers.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through

Highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in

Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-831-372-0862 or

can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Paul’s Slide Photo #2 from today showing Retaining Wall needing Repairs

Paul’s Slide Photo #1 from today showing Retaining Wall needing Repairs

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 27, 2018

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project Update for Week of July 30th

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 24, 2018

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project Update for Week of July 23rd

MONTEREY COUNTY
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Carl P. Holm, AICP, Director

LAND USE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT | PUBLIC WORKS & FACILITIES | PARKS 1441 Schilling Place, South 2nd Floor (831)755-4800 Salinas, California 93901-4527 www.co.monterey.ca.us/rma

July 20, 2018

Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project Update for Week of July 23rd

Phase 2 work on the Climbing Lane Project is in progress.

Here is what to expect for the week of July 23rd:

  • · Work crews will have regular daytime work hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • · Excavating and grading work is occurring on the southbound side of Highway 1
  • · Electrical work to synchronize the signals at Rio and Carmel Valley Roads will involve drilling near the Highway 1 at Carmel Valley Road intersection for a permanent signal pole foundation.
  • · During this phase of construction, there is a temporary detour to reach the Carmel River Inn via Rio and Oliver Roads.

Phase 2 of the Climbing Lane Project is the final phase of this work and is expected to be completed by the end of August.

Sign up to receive text message alerts about the project by texting Climbinglane to 888777.

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

CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Thursday, July 19, 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 COMPLETED OVERNIGHT PAVING ON STATE ROUTE 1 AT BIXBY CREEK BRIDGE THIS MORNING

MONTEREY COUNTY – Caltrans performed highway polyester concrete paving on both directions of State Route 1 at Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur for two overnights on Tuesday, July 17th and Wednesday, July 18th.

There will be one more night on the schedule to pave the asphalt approaches onto the bridge, but that activity will probably be in the next few months.

There were electronic message boards alerting the public of these lane closures and traffic control. The California Highway Patrol was present to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

This $3.8 million project is being be performed by American Civil Constructors of Benicia,

CA in an effort to provide smooth ride for all travelers.

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

work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in

Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-831-372-0862 or

Can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Bixby Bridge-Paving on southbound side Tuesday night Bixby-Paving on northbound side Wednesday night

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Posted by: Stan Russell | July 18, 2018

STATE ROUTE 1/MUD CREEK NOW FULLY OPEN

CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Wednesday, July 18, 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

###TRAFFIC ADVISORY###

STATE ROUTE 1/MUD CREEK NOW FULLY OPEN

MONTEREY COUNTY – State Route 1 at Mud Creek re-opened at 9:45 this morning after a 14 month closure due to a massive landslide followed by an emergency repair project.

Our official ribbon-cutting/community celebration is still set for Friday, July 20 at 11 am at the Ragged Point Inn with several agency representatives, elected officials, stakeholders, community officials and local news media planning to attend.

This $54 million repair included the reconstruction of ¼-mile of new roadway alignment built on the slide material and a compacted embankment at the south and north ends. The new highway extends out towards the ocean upwards of 250 from the original highway. The roadway is 150 to 260 ft. above sea level and buttressed with a series of embankments, berms, rocks, netting, culverts and other stabilizing material.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All work is not complete at Mud Creek. Motorists/locals will encounter one-way traffic control at times when a lane closure is needed. Also, due to the cuts and work on the slope and road at Mud Creek, it will take approximately two winters for the new slopes to stabilize.

The public may learn more about this and other projects by visiting the Caltrans District 5 News Release page at: http://dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm.

CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm

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

###TRAFFIC ADVISORY###

STATE ROUTE 1/MUD CREEK WILL OPEN TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 BY 10 AM

MONTEREY COUNTY– The contractor made great progress in the last several days so final striping and inspection by our crews is underway. As a result, Highway 1 at Mud Creek will RE-OPEN by 10 am tomorrow, Wednesday, July 18, nearly 14 months after the massive landslide and emergency repair project.

Electronic Message Signs will be changed once the highway is open, also Headquarters Communications and QuickMap will be updated.

Our official ribbon-cutting/community celebration remains set for Friday, July 20 at 11 am at the Ragged Point Inn.

This $54 million repair included the reconstruction of ¼-mile of new roadway alignment built on the slide material and a compacted embankment at the south and north ends. The new highway extends out towards the ocean upwards of 250 from the original highway. The roadway is 150 to 260 feet above sea level and buttressed with a series of embankments, berms, rocks, netting, culverts and other stabilizing material.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All roadwork is still not complete at Mud Creek. Travelers may encounter one-way traffic control at times when a lane closure is needed, mostly on weekdays. Also, due to the cuts and work on the embankment and roadway at Mud Creek, it will take about two winters for the new slopes to fully stabilize.

The public may learn more about this and other projects by visiting the Caltrans District 5 News Release page at: http://dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm.

Aerial photo of Mud Creek from today courtesy of John Madonna.

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