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NEWS RELEASE

Today’s Date: Friday, April 29, 2011

District:5 (Santa Barbara, SLO, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Susana Z. Cruz (español) or Colin Jones

(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189

BIG SUR MARATHON TO BE RUN ON HIGHWAY 1 THIS SUNDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY (CARMEL/BIG SUR) – The Big Sur International Marathon will

be run along Highway 1 beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 1. The race will start

in Big Sur and will end at Rio Road in Carmel.

Traffic on Highway 1 will be restricted from 4:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Hwy. 1 will be

closed from Sycamore Canyon Road to Carmel Valley Road. While the southbound

lane is closed for the race, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will use the northbound

lane to lead caravans of traffic in alternating directions at three different intervals during

this time. Therefore, motorists traveling in both directions should expect delays of up

to two hours.

Currently, motorists traveling to Big Sur from the SOUTH can take Hwy. 101 to the

Monterey area, proceed west on Hwy. 68 then south on Hwy. 1 to reach Big Sur.

As a result, motorists should avoid the area or take alternate routes. Caltrans reminds

motorists that ‘we’re here to get you there.’

To find out further information about the marathon, please call (831) 625-6226

or visit the official race website (http://bsim.org)

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Today’s Date: Friday, April 22, 2011 @ 4:30 pm
District: 5 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San
Benito Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

***TRAFFIC ADVISORY #36***

HIGHWAY 1 CARMEL TO CAMBRIA ROADWAY UPDATE

HWY. 1 REMAINS CLOSED AT ALDER CREEK JUST NORTH OF THE MONTEREY/SLO COUNTY
LINE ANOTHER 4-6 WEEKS; HWY. 1 IS OPEN 24/7 AT ROCKY CREEK BETWEEN CARMEL
AND BIG SUR

MONTEREY COUNTY:

(1)  Geologic instability and debris falling on Highway 1 at Alder Creek
(Post Mile 7) have required the roadway to be closed in both directions.
THIS SECTION OF HWY. 1 REMAINS EXTREMELY UNSTABLE WITH CREWS CONTINUALLY
MONITORING THE AREA.  After  meeting today with the California Coastal
Commission and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a plan has been
developed to clear this roadway section of debris with minimal impact to the
environment. The contractor is beginning to mobilize equipment today with
plans to begin debris removal early next week. The opening date is estimated
to be 4-6 weeks from the beginning of slide removal work. This aggressive
schedule, considering the thousands of tons of slide material that has
fallen onto the roadway, would not be possible without the close cooperation
of the California Coastal Commission and the Monterey Bay National Marine
Sanctuary.

Currently, motorists traveling to Big Sur from the SOUTH can take Hwy. 101
to the Monterey area, proceed west on Hwy. 68 then south on Hwy. 1 to reach
Big Sur.  An alternate route via county roads is Hwy. 101 to Jolon Road near
Camp Roberts, to Nacimiento-Fergusson Road which intersects with Hwy. 1.
(Caltrans and the CHP advise against any unnecessary travel on
Nacimeinto-Fergusson Road, especially during overnight hours.)

(2)  Highway 1 at Rocky Creek (Post Mile 60.5) is OPEN to all traffic 24/7
with no weight or length restrictions under one-way signalized traffic
control as of Wednesday, April 20.

                   Another update will be provided as conditions warrant.

Caltrans greatly appreciates the patience, understanding and cooperation of
the entire Big Sur community and all of its visitors during this difficult
and challenging situation on Hwy. 1

For more information on Monterey County projects, call the toll-free hotline
at (888) 836-0866 or visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/projects/

The public may also call the statewide CHIN at (800) 427-7623 for updates on
current traffic conditions.

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.facebook.com/BigSurCalifornia
http://www.Twitter.com/BigSurCC
http://www.TheBigSurBlog.com – Contains updates on emergency information when appropriate.

Highway 1 Big Sur now has a toll free hotline to Check Road Conditions courtesy of CalTrans 888-836-0866

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Dear All,

As we now move into our next  phase of limited highway access with Alder Creek slide likely to prevent access on Highway 1 from the south for a period of weeks, perhaps longer, it is imperative that our community contact our elected representatives to urge their support of Caltrans efforts to re-open Highway 1 in the timeliest manner possible.  I am very appreciative of Caltrans efforts to date and believe that their management as well as on the ground engineers, construction, maintenance , and  public information staff are doing all within their power to re-open the highway at Alder Creek.

Unfortunately, given the size of the slide, the proximity of the slide to the National Marine Sanctuary, various other potential environmental impact concerns, the  lack of nearby earth disposal sites, and the requirements of Caltrans to interface with agencies such as NOAA, I believe we need to ensure our elected officials are fully aware of the social and economic impact of this year’s highway closures on the Big Sur community, the northern San Luis Obispo County communities, and the Monterey Peninsula, to ensure they are providing Caltrans with both the mandate and the resources necessary to effect the timeliest re-opening of the Alder Creek slide possible.

Many residents and businesses are still suffering the economic effects of the Basin Complex Fire in 2008 and the effect of this year’s series of highway closures has been of a similar economic magnitude, with an as yet uncertain time frame before the community can rely upon the traveling public having unrestricted access on Highway 1 along the entirety of the Big Sur Coast, from Cambria to Carmel.

From a  community and Big Sur Chamber of Commerce perspective, I would recommend consideration of the following points in your outreach to our elected officials:

·  Provide Caltrans with the mandate to re-open Highway 1 at Alder Creek in the timeliest manner possible.

·  Provide Caltrans with the resources to do so.

·  Emphasize that the current socio-economic costs to the community associated with the highway closures have been enormous and that each and every day that the highway is closed to the south adds to that cumulative cost.  My best estimate for Big Sur alone, much less the Monterey Peninsula and San Luis Obispo communities, is that a south coast closure will reduce Highway 1 traffic levels by at least 35-40% of normal.

·  Emphasize that the most critical environmental issue is the economic health of the residents, employees, and businesses that depend almost entirely on Highway 1 being accessible to the traveling public and that there are no reliable or suitable alternate routes for the traveling public (Nacimiento-Ferguson has length advisories, is narrow, has multiple hairpin turns, often equivalent to a single lane and requires access across Fort Hunter Liggett, which can often be shut down to meet military training needs).

·  Avoid using the term “side casting,” to describe potential impacts of overspill of slide material into Pacific Ocean as this will raise immediate red flags with agencies from an environmental impact on the Marine Sanctuary.


In terms of priority or emphasis, I would recommend contacting US Representative Sam Farr to urge NOAA’s fullest cooperation and support of Caltrans efforts in addition to assistance in identifying and allocating any available federal highway funds for an emergency highway repair.  For priority allocation of state resources and support of the mission to re-open the highway, please contact Assemblyman Bill Monning and State Senator Sam Blakeslee (whose district encompasses most if not all of northern San Luis Obispo County as well), and Governor Jerry Brown.  Additionally, please contact Supervisor Dave Potter as he can serve as an additional advocate for our community with state and federal officials and agencies.

The contact information for these elected officials is as follows:

US Representative Sam Farr – https://forms.house.gov/farr/webforms/issue_subscribe.html

Assemblyman Bill Monning –
District Address
701 Ocean Street
Room 318-B
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 425-1503
Fax: (831) 425-2570

State Senator Sam Blakeslee –  http://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD15&inframe=Y&

Governor Jerry Brown – http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php

Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter –

Monterey Courthouse
1200 Aguajito Rd., Ste. 1
Monterey, CA 93940
district5@co.monterey.ca.us

Thank you very much,

Kirk Gafill
President – Big Sur Chamber of Commerce

General Manager
Nepenthe/Phoenix Corporation
48510 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA  93920

Ph: 831.667.2345
Fax: 831.667.2394

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

***TRAFFIC ADVISORY #32***

HIGHWAY 1 CARMEL TO CAMBRIA ROADWAY UPDATE

HWY. 1 REMAINS SHUT DOWN AT ALDER CREEK FOR AT LEAST A MONTH; ROCKY CREEK IS
OPEN DURING OVERNIGHT HOURS — A TRAFFIC SIGNAL IS EXPECTED TO BE IN PLACE
THURSDAY NIGHT.

MONTEREY COUNTY:
(1) Geologic instability and more debris falling on Highway 1 at Alder Creek
(PM 7) have required the roadway to be closed in both directions for at
least a month. Alder Creek is south of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Caltrans
and the CHP advise against any unnecessary travel, especially during the
overnight hours. THIS AREA OF HIGHWAY 1 CONTINUES TO BE EXTREMELY UNSTABLE.
CALTRANS CREWS AND CONTRACTORS ARE CONTINUALLY MONITORING AND CLEARING THE
AREA OF DIRT, MUD AND ROCK FROM DAWN UNTIL DUSK. The opening date will be
refined depending on the progress of the work.

(2) Highway 1 at Rocky Creek (Post Mile 60.5) is now OPEN for all traffic
without any weight or length restrictions from 8 pm until 8 am with one-way
reversing traffic control until all temporary repairs performed during the
daytime hours at Rocky Creek have been finished.

(3) A traffic signal is expected to be activated on Hwy. 1 at Rocky Creek no
later than Thursday, April 21 at 8 pm. This signal will allow traffic to
move through this area 24/7 on an alternating basis.

NOTE: PEDESTRIAN ESCORTS THROUGH THIS AREA ENDED ON SATURDAY, APRIL 16.

Another update will be provided as conditions warrant.

For more information on Monterey County projects, call the toll-free hotline
at (888) 836-0866 or visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/projects/
Also, contact the statewide CHIN at (800) 427-7623 for highway traffic
updates.

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.facebook.com/BigSurCalifornia
http://www.Twitter.com/BigSurCC
http://www.TheBigSurBlog.com – Contains updates on emergency information when appropriate.

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Hello Big Sur!

We’ve got some more good news…

Dear All,

As per Steve Balaban, Caltrans –  Highway 1 at Rocky Creek should be open on
a 24 hour basis (single lane, signal controlled) by Thursday, April 21,
2011, assuming all continues to go well.  The specific timing of the 24 hour
opening is still to be determined and is subject to progress going forward
and conditions at job site. The opportunity to provide PM access from
Saturday night, April 16, onward until the full 24 hour opening goal of
Thursday,  April 21, is not anticipated to appreciably delay the 24 hour
opening opportunity.

There will be no weight, length, or width restrictions as of the limited
opening at 5PM on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

Caltrans staff will provide another briefing to the key stakeholder group at
11 AM on Monday, April 18, 2011, at the MAF.

Thanks,

Kirk Gafill
President
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce

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California • Department of Transportation

Today’s Date: Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 4 pm
District:5 - Santa Barbara, SLO, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
Contact:
Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone:
(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
***TRAFFIC ADVISORY #31***

HIGHWAY 1 CARMEL TO CAMBRIA ROADWAY UPDATE – ROADWAY TO REMAIN SHUT DOWN
AT ALDER CREEK FOR AT LEAST A MONTH; ROCKY CREEK TO OPEN OVERNIGHTS STARTING
TOMORROW; ALSO, FINAL PEDESTRIAN ESCORT AT 7AM

MONTEREY COUNTY:

(1) Geologic instability and more debris falling on Highway 1 at Alder Creek (PM 7) have required
the roadway to be closed in both directions for at least a month. Alder Creek is south of
Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Caltrans and the CHP advise against any unnecessary travel.
THIS AREA OF HIGHWAY 1 CONTINUES TO BE EXTREMELY UNSTABLE; OUR CREWS AND
CONTRACTORS ARE CONTINUALLY MONITORING AND CLEARING THE AREA OF DIRT, MUD
AND ROCK FROM DAWN UNTIL DUSK. Opening date will be refined as production becomes
known.

(2) Highway 1 at Rocky Creek (Post Mile 60.5) will OPEN for all traffic without any weight or length
restrictions from 5 pm on Saturday, April 16 through 8 am on Sunday, April 17. Hwy. 1 will
then OPEN each night at this location from 8 pm until 8 am the following morning. One-way
reversing traffic control will be in effect. This will continue until all temporary repairs at Rocky
Creek are finished. Work is scheduled to be completed the first week of May.

NOTE: LAST PEDESTRIAN ESCORT WILL BE AT 7 AM SATURDAY, APRIL 16. NO FURTHER
ESCORTS AFTER THAT.

(3) A new progress update will be provided next Monday, April 18, unless conditions warrant
sooner.

For more information on Monterey County projects, call the toll-free hotline at (888) 836-0866 or visit
www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/projects/. Also, contact the statewide CHIN at (800) 427-7623 for highway traffic updates.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

***TRAFFIC ADVISORY #31***

HIGHWAY 1 CARMEL TO CAMBRIA ROADWAY UPDATE – ROADWAY TO REMAIN SHUT DOWN AT
ALDER CREEK FOR AT LEAST A MONTH; ROCKY CREEK TO OPEN OVERNIGHTS STARTING
TOMORROW; ALSO, FINAL PEDESTRIAN ESCORT AT 7AM

MONTEREY COUNTY:

(1) Geologic instability and more debris falling on Highway 1 at Alder
Creek (PM 7) have required the roadway to be closed in both directions for
at least a month. Alder Creek is south of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.
Caltrans and the CHP advise against any unnecessary travel. THIS AREA OF
HIGHWAY 1 CONTINUES TO BE EXTREMELY UNSTABLE; OUR CREWS AND CONTRACTORS ARE
CONTINUALLY MONITORING AND CLEARING THE AREA OF DIRT, MUD AND ROCK FROM DAWN
UNTIL DUSK. Opening date will be refined as production becomes known.

(2) Highway 1 at Rocky Creek (Post Mile 60.5) will OPEN for all traffic
without any weight or length restrictions from 5 pm on Saturday, April 16
through 8 am on Sunday, April 17. Hwy. 1 will then OPEN each night at this
location from 8 pm until 8 am the following morning. One-way reversing
traffic control will be in effect. This will continue until all temporary
repairs at Rocky Creek are finished. Work is scheduled to be completed the
first week of May.

NOTE: LAST PEDESTRIAN ESCORT WILL BE AT 7 AM SATURDAY, APRIL 16. NO FURTHER
ESCORTS AFTER THAT.

(3) A new progress update will be provided next Monday, April 18, unless
conditions warrant sooner.

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