Date: Friday, January 6, 2023, at 3:45 pm
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #9
OPENING OF HIGHWAY 1 CLOSURE EXTENDED TO
SATURDAY JAN. 7 AT 5 PM

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Today’s reopening of the Highway 1 closure has been extended.

As a result of favorable weather and road conditions, Highway 1 will remain open between Ragged Point and Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn until 5 pm Saturday Jan. 7.

The gates at Paul’s Slide (PM 22), will remain open overnight as crews today were able to clean out the catchment area and road conditions in the area are favorable for public travel.

In anticipation of projected rains tomorrow afternoon and evening, Highway 1 between Deetjen’s and Ragged Point will be closed again on Saturday Jan. 7 at 5 pm. At that time, the gates at Paul’s Slide will remain closed 24-hours a day as series of winter storms is forecast to pass over the Big Sur Coast over the next several days.

Caltrans will continue to take advantage of any break in inclement weather to assess road conditions and provide access as long as the conditions are favorable for public travel. We anticipate that an opportunity to reopen this closure may occur sometime in the middle of next week.

The southern closure of Highway 1 will remain at the elephant seal viewing area, four miles north of San Simeon. A significant slide, one mile south of Ragged Point, extends over both lanes of travel. As a result, the highway is impassible at this location and is expected to restrict access to Ragged Point from the south for several weeks.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

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
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: Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 8:30 pm
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #8
ONE DAY OPENING OF HIGHWAY 1 CLOSURE TO TAKE PLACE
FRIDAY JAN. 6 FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Caltrans maintenance and engineering teams completed initial assessments of Highway 1 after the atmospheric river events over the last two days.

Due to the latest storm, a slide has occurred on Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County approximately a mile south of Ragged Point. The slide will likely result in closure of Highway 1 at this location for several weeks to months depending on the weather. This location is referred to as Polar Star.

Ragged Point is effectively cut off from access from the south due to the Polar Star slide.

The southern closure of Highway 1 will remain at the elephant seal viewing area, approximately 10 miles south of Ragged Point and four miles north of San Simeon.

The northern limit for the Highway 1 closure remains just south of Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn in Monterey County.

Caltrans maintenance teams were able to clean up several slides in the roadway north of Ragged Point. Inspections will take place tomorrow morning at daybreak throughout the closure limits of Highway 1 to determine if it is safe to travel within the closure.

If the assessment is favorable, Highway 1 is scheduled to reopen between Ragged Point and Deetjen’s, on Friday Jan. 6, from 8 am to 5 pm. This opening is timed to take advantage of a forecasted break in the rain.

The express intent of this daylight reopening of Highway 1, to accommodate those community members who need to get out of the closure area a chance to head north and leave the closure.

It is also intended for local community members within the closure area to resupply themselves in preparation for an extended closure of Highway 1. Additionally, community members may wish to take advantage of this opening to leave the area ahead of anticipated storms.

Once Highway 1 closes between Ragged Point and Deetjen’s, on Friday Jan. 6 at 5 pm, that closure is expected to remain in effect for the next 10 days in anticipation of more rain and potential damage to the roadway. Caltrans will be looking for opportunities during this period to reopen the road during breaks in the weather as long as roadway conditions allow for safe travel.

Also, the gates at Paul’s Slide (PM 22) will be closed and locked day and night for the duration of this closure for public safety. Crews from Chavez Construction will continue to work removing debris from the catchment area at Paul’s Slide ahead of the next storm.

Caltrans has also entered into a $750,000 emergency contract with Souza Construction for repairs at Polar Star. The contractor is mobilizing, and assessments are ongoing.

Big Sur Mile Markers: https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/mile_markers.html

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

Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 6:45 pm
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #7
SOUTHERN LIMIT OF HIGHWAY 1 CLOSURE MOVED
TO 10 MILES SOUTH OF RAGGED POINT

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Due to continuing issues with flowing water and debris in the roadway south of Ragged Point, the southern limit of the Highway 1 closure on the Big Sur coast has been moved 10 miles south of Ragged Point.

The new southern limit of the Highway 1 closure is at a parking lot by the elephant seals viewing area. This location is in San Luis Obispo County some four miles north of San Simeon.

The northern limit for the Highway 1 closure remains just south of Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn in Monterey County.

Other than public safety agencies and emergency response teams, no other vehicles are permitted to enter the closure area. Caltrans maintenance crews will perform daytime storm patrols within the closure as long as they judge that it is safe to do so.

The cooperation from the traveling public in staying out of the closure area will ensure that Caltrans maintenance teams can respond safely to address any emerging areas of concern and that, if called upon, emergency response and public safety teams will be able to travel unimpeded within the closure.

Additionally, during overnight hours, gates will be closed across the roadway within the closure area at the north and south end of Paul’s Slide (PM 22).

There is no estimated time for reopening and additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov
Traveler information at: https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

Big Sur mile markers will show you where Paul’s Slide is located.

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

Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 5 pm
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #6
FULL CLOSURE NOW IN EFFECT FOR HIGHWAY 1 ON THE BIG SUR COAST

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – A full closure of Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast is in effect as of 5 pm today. The southern end of the closure on Highway 1 is in San Luis Obispo County at Ragged Point. The northern end of the closure is set in Monterey County just south of Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn.

There is no estimated time for reopening.

Crews are monitoring water and debris falling from above the roadway at a location named Polar Star, one mile south of Ragged Point. Crews will continue to monitor this concern and updates will be provided if the closure area needs to move south of Ragged Point.

With the soil already saturated by recent rain activity, and with heavy wind and rain in the forecast over the next days, it is anticipated that the roadway within the closure parameters will experience areas of slide activity, flooding, and rockfall.

Other than public safety agencies and emergency response teams, no other vehicles are permitted to enter the closure area. Caltrans maintenance crews will perform daytime storm patrols within the closure as long as they judge that it is safe to do so.

The cooperation from the traveling public in staying out of the closure area will ensure that Caltrans maintenance teams can respond safely to address any emerging areas of concern and that, if called upon, emergency response and public safety teams will be able to travel unimpeded within the closure.

Additionally, during overnight hours, gates will be closed across the roadway within the closure area at the north and south end of Paul’s Slide (PM 22).

Caltrans has activated its district emergency operation centers and we are working with local partners to respond and recover from the storm.

Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Caltrans QuickMap for Travel on All State Highways
For current traffic information about all roads within the state highway system, the Caltrans’ QuickMap mobile app and website provides travelers with continuous updates on lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, emergency incidents, electronic highway message sign content, rest area locations, and highway camera snapshots.

A recent push notification feature on the QuickMap app allows drivers to automatically receive real-time notifications about nearby road closures, emergencies, and other traffic updates. See link for more information about this new feature: https://dot.ca.gov/news-releases/news-release-2022-031

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.
Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov
Traveler information at: https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

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

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 4, 2023

UPDATE #5 HIGHWAY 1 REMAINS OPEN ON THE BIG SUR COAST

Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 11 am
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #5
HIGHWAY 1 REMAINS OPEN ON THE BIG SUR COAST

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast remains fully open as of 11 am today.

Caltrans maintenance crews continue to patrol the roadway in advance of storms expected to arrive later this afternoon.

A full closure of the roadway may take place as early as 2 pm today.

Contracted crews made significant progress at Paul’s Slide (PM 22) over the last three days in removing debris from the catchment area in advance of additional slide activity expected there in upcoming days.

Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.
Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov
Traveler information at: https://www.quickmap@dot.ca.gov

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

Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 8:00 am
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #4
HIGHWAY 1 ON THE BIG SUR COAST IS FULLY REOPENED AS OF 8 AM AND SET TO CLOSE AGAIN WEDNESDAY IN ADVANCE OF ATMOSPHERIC RIVER

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Highway 1 from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County, to just south of Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn in Monterey County, is fully reopened as of 8 am today.

Travelers will encounter one-way reversing traffic control at Paul’s Slide (PM 22) where contracted crews will continue to work to clean out debris behind the catchment area.

The current plan calls for Hwy. 1 to remain open Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Highway 1 will close again on Wednesday Jan. 4, with the same or similar closure parameters as were previously in place. An exact time for this Wednesday closure has not yet been established and will be provided in an update.

The one day reopening of Highway 1 is designed in part to allow for residents and businesses within the closure area to circulate and gather necessary supplies.

A severe atmospheric river event is expected to arrive Wednesday Jan. 4, and there is a forecast for additional heavy weather for the upcoming weekend.

Given the saturated conditions already in place, there is a strong possibility that the closure of Highway 1 scheduled to go into effect on Wednesday Jan. 4, could be in place for an extended time.

Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Please remember to drive safely along this scenic byway.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

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: Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 7:30 am
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #3
HIGHWAY 1 ON THE BIG SUR COAST SET TO REOPEN TUESDAY AND
CLOSE AGAIN WEDNESDAY IN ADVANCE OF ATMOSPHERIC RIVER

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – The current full closure of Highway 1 from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County, to just south of Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn in Monterey County, is expected to be lifted on Tuesday Jan. 3.

Caltrans maintenance teams will inspect Highway 1 throughout the entire closure area the morning of Tuesday Jan. 3. When inspection teams determine conditions are satisfactory, the highway will fully reopen. An update will be provided later this morning announcing the timing of the reopening.

Once the highway is reopened, travelers will encounter one-way reversing traffic control at Paul’s Slide (PM 22) where contracted crews will continue to work to clean out debris behind the catchment area.

The current plan calls for Hwy. 1 to remain open Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Highway 1 will close again on Wednesday Jan. 4, with the same or similar closure parameters as were previously in place. An exact time for this Wednesday closure has not yet been established and will be provided in an update.

The one day reopening of Highway 1 is designed in part to allow for residents and businesses within the closure area to circulate and gather necessary supplies.

A severe atmospheric river event is expected to arrive Wednesday Jan. 4, and there is a forecast for additional heavy weather for the upcoming weekend.

Given the saturated conditions already in place, there is a strong possibility that the closure of Highway 1 scheduled to go into effect on Wednesday Jan. 4, could be in place for an extended time.

Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Please remember to drive safely along this scenic byway.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

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: Sunday, January 1, 2023, 3:15 pm
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

CALTRANS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #2

HIGHWAY 1 ON THE BIG SUR COAST TO REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH MONDAY FOR CONTINUED STORM CLEANUP

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – The current full closure of Highway 1 from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County to 2.5 miles south of Big Sur in Monterey County is scheduled to remain in effect at least through Monday Jan. 2.

Crews are attempting to complete cleanup from recent storm activity prior to the arrival of storms forecast to arrive as soon as Wednesday of this week.

Contracted crews will be clearing debris from Paul’s Slide during daylight hours today and tomorrow. The gates at both ends of Paul’s Slide will be closed again this evening at 4:30 pm.

Caltrans maintenance crews are clearing blocked or partially blocked lanes at 15 locations from Ragged Point to Paul’s Slide, at 13 locations from Paul’s Slide to Rat Creek, and at 21 locations from Rat Creek to the northern closure 2.5 miles south of Big Sur.

This is in addition to additional cleanup of slides on Hwy. 1 both north and south of the closure parameters.

Assessments today did indicate that culverts were open and flowing in areas below the Dolan Fire burn scar. Additionally, despite scores of slides, there was no evidence of slip outs below the roadway, only the cleanup of soil, rocks, and trees, which have come down from above the roadway.

Updates on possible roadway reopening or movement of the closure parameters will be made when that information becomes available.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.

Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov

Traveler information at: https://www.quickmap@dot.ca.gov

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Debris behind catchment area at Paul’s Slide, Jan. 1, 2023

Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022, at 3 pm
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE #1
HIGHWAY 1 ON THE BIG SUR COAST REMAINS CLOSED
GATES AT PAUL’S SLIDE TO CLOSE TODAY AT 4:30 PM

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Due to rockslides at multiple locations, a full closure of Highway 1 is in effect from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County to 2.5 miles south of Big Sur in Monterey County. There is no estimated time for reopening.

UPDATE: Due to continued slide activity behind the catchment area at Paul’s Slide at Post Mile 22, the gates at the north and south side of Paul’s slide will be closed today at 4:30 pm.

The action to close the gates at Paul’s Slide is being taken out of an abundance of caution.

As announced earlier, contracted crews are expected to arrive Sunday Jan. 1, at Paul’s Slide to begin to clear debris from behind the catchment area where rocks and dirt have reached the top of the concrete barriers at four locations.

Caltrans maintenance crews who have been performing daytime storm patrol within the closure parameters will cease these patrols after dark and resume them at first light.

Updates on this closure will be provided as new information becomes available.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.
Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov
Traveler information at: https://www.quickmap@dot.ca.gov

USEFUL LINK – SHOWS WHERE PAUL’S SLIDE IS LOCATED:
Big Sur Mile Markers https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/mile_markers.html

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

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 31, 2022

HIGHWAY 1 ON THE BIG SUR COAST CLOSED DUE TO MULTIPLE ROCKSLIDES

Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022, 11:00 AM
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 ON THE BIG SUR COAST CLOSED
DUE TO MULTIPLE ROCKSLIDES

MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Due to rockslides at multiple locations, a full closure of Highway 1 is in effect from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County to 2.5 miles south of Big Sur in Monterey County.

At present there is no expected time for reopening.

Highway 1 was closed initially late yesterday due to a slide at PM 32, just south of Esalen.

Caltrans maintenance crews are performing daytime storm patrol within the closure parameters and working to clear debris from multiple smaller slip outs in the roadway.

A contracted crew is expected to arrive Sunday Jan. 1, at Paul’s Slide at PM 22, to clear debris from behind the catchment area where rocks and dirt have reached the top of the concrete barriers at four locations.

Updates on this closure will be provided as new information becomes available.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Our crews deserve to get home safely too.
Drive slowly and carefully in work zones.

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov
Traveler information at: https://www.quickmap@dot.ca.gov
USEFUL LINK:
Big Sur Mile Markers https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/mile_markers.html

Rockfall on Hwy. 1 taken Dec. 31, 2022

One of multiple small slides on Hwy. 1 from December 31, 2022.

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One of multiple small slides on Hwy. 1 from December 31, 2022.rockfall-hwy1-3
One of multiple small slides on Hwy. 1 from December 31, 2022.

Kevin Drabinski
Public Information Officer
Caltrans District 5
50 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo CA 93401
Office: 805.549.3138
Cell: 805.748.1858

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

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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