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From the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce;

Big Sur employees needing to travel from town to Big Sur before the first southbound caravan (departing the Crossroads at about 9:45 A.M.) PASSES will be available for pick-up at the Big Sur River Inn Motel office beginning Thursday morning, April 26, 2012. After 4:00 A.M. Sunday morning, only local traffic WITH PASSES will be allowed to travel south past Otter Cover. All traffic with passes must be south of Otter Cover by 5:30 A.M.

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Today’s Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
District: 5 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, 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

HIGHWAY 1 CARMEL TO CAMBRIA ROADWAY UPDATE

BRIDGEWORK AND ROCK SHED WORK CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY: Bridge and rock shed work continues on Highway 1 at
Pitkins/Rain Rocks (PM 21.3), 1.8 miles south of Lucia and 25 miles south
of Big Sur as part of the bridge and rock shed project, Caltrans officials
have announced.

The main focus is on the rock shed part of the project as the bridge is 90%
complete. The exterior supports of the rock shed are now complete and work
is being done on the inside supports.

All work is expected to be completed by Spring of 2013.

A permanent viaduct project is in the works for Rocky Creek. It will be an
$11 million project to begin after Labor Day. More details to follow.

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

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.

Susana Z. Cruz
Public Information Officer /
Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas
(805) 549-3138
(805) 549-3326–Fax

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Today’s Date: Friday, April 20, 2012 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 BIG SUR MARATHON TO BE RUN ON HIGHWAY 1 NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 29 MONTEREY COUNTY (CARMEL/BIG SUR) – The Big Sur International Marathon will be run along Highway 1 beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 29. The race will start in Big Sur and will end at Rio Road in Carmel. The Big Sur International Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2012, from 5:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Because of the Marathon, motorists traveling on Highway One between Big Sur (Post Office) and Carmel (Rio Road) will be escorted through the race course in convoys conducted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for southbound and northbound travel. Caltrans suggests the use of alternative routes for motorists wishing to avoid the extremely limited access through the affected portions of Highway 1. Local businesses and services are anticipated to be open during the event. Motorists and bicyclists should expect considerable delays. 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) (Below is the Big Sur International Marathon Traffic Control and Caravan Schedule, which is also listed on the BSIM website) BIG SUR MARATHON TRAFFIC CONTROL MEASURES In order to protect the safety of the runners, it is necessary to control the traffic flow on Highway One from 4:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Race Day, Sunday, April 29, 2012. WE URGE YOU TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE PLANS TO AVOID DRIVING ON HIGHWAY ONE THAT MORNING. Traffic on Highway One (except for emergency vehicles) will only be allowed to move in scheduled caravans. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will lead and follow the caravans up and down the highway. Race officials will provide escorts for medical and fire emergency vehicles independent of the scheduled caravans. Any vehicles parked in pull-outs on the WESTERN side of Highway One after 4:00 a.m. must remain there for the duration of the race. Vehicles parked on the EASTERN side of the highway must remain in place until a caravan arrives. NO WHEELED VEHICLES OF ANY DESCRIPTION (bicycles, skate-boards, skates, strollers, etc.) are allowed on the course. Any violators will be subject to citation by the CHP. NORTHBOUND Traffic north will initially be stopped at the Big Sur Post Office at 6:15 a.m. All runners should be north of the Big Sur Village shops by 8:00 a.m. Northbound traffic from the Highlands must cross past the Bay School prior to 6:55 a.m. and be across the Carmel River Bridge by 7:00. Highlands traffic may also join in the 1st northbound caravan at approximately 8:06 a.m. SOUTHBOUND After 4 a.m. LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY WITH OFFICIAL PASSES will be allowed to use Highway One South beyond Otter Cove. Any vehicle traveling south with a pass MUST be past the Big Sur Ranger Station no later than 6:15 a.m. No personal vehicles are allowed to transport runners to the start. Southbound traffic accessing the Carmel Highlands only (no further south than Otter Cove) must be across the Carmel River Bridge prior to 7 a.m. Southbound traffic will be stopped at Otter Cove and held until the 9:45 a.m. caravan south that begins from the Crossroads (see schedule for times along route). Foot traffic is permissible at any time. The California Department of Transportation and California Highway Patrol, in cooperation with the Big Sur Marathon events and with statements of support from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, have adopted the following Caravan Schedule: CARAVAN SCHEDULES These times are approximate, based on race start time and a travel speed of 25 mph. All vehicular traffic will remain in the northbound (eastern) lane. NORTHBOUND CARAVANS 1st NB 2nd NB 3rd NB Starting Line 7:10 Molera Park – Coast Road 7:17 Point Sur 7:23 10:502 Coast Road (Bixby Creek) 7:37 11:03 Palo Colorado 7:46 11:07 12:503 Otter Cove 8:00 11:21 13:04 Yankee Point – Mal Paso Rd. 8:01 11:22 13:05 Highlands Drive 8:06 11:26 13:09 Point Lobos 8:071 11:28 13:11 Race Finish/Rio Rd. 8:28 11:33 13:15 NOTES: 1Held S of Ribera Rd until the end of the 5K Race; 2Forms north of the Pt Sur Naval Facility; 3Forms at Palo Colorado Road EXAMPLE: A resident of Big Sur who wishes to travel north to Monterey may pick up a caravan at either 7:10 AM (Pfeiffer State Park), 10:50 AM (Pt Sur), or 12:50 PM (Palo Colorado). SOUTHBOUND CARAVANS 1st SB 2nd SB Crossroads area 9:45 11:40 Point Lobos 9:50 11:45 Highlands Drive 9:52 11:47 Yankee Point – Mal Paso Rd. 9:56 11:51 Otter Cove 9:57 11:52 Palo Colorado 10:11 12:06 Coast Road (Bixby Creek) 10:15 12:10 Point Sur 10:28 12:23 EXAMPLES: 1. A motorist who wishes to travel south from Otter Cove after 4:00 a.m. may either join the first caravan at 9:57 or wait for the next south-bound caravan at 11:52. 2. A motorist who wishes to travel south from the Crossroads may join either the 9:45 or the 11:40 caravan. # #

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State of California • Department of Transportation
Today’s Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
District:​ 5 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, 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

HIGHWAY 1/CARMEL TO CAMBRIA ROADWAY – UPDATE #7

HIGHWAY 1 DEMOLITION WORK COMPLETE, ROADWAY TO REOPEN AT 4 PM TODAY

MONTEREY COUNTY — Hwy. 1 at Pitkins Curve/Rain Rocks (Mile Marker 21.3) about 25 miles south of Big Sur, will reopen 24/7 to traffic at 4 pm today, Thursday, April 5, Caltrans officials have announced.

The highway, which reopens at 4 pm after its final 8-hour closure period, will now be OPEN during overnight hours and back to normal 24/7 operations. One-way traffic control with signals at each end of the rock shed/ bridge project will be in effect as it was prior to the slide.

Motorists should expect moderate delays of 15-20 minutes on Friday as crews wind down the demolition operation.

Hwy. 1 was closed on March 28 in both directions at Pitkins/Rain Rocks (MM 21.3) about 25 miles south of Big Sur due to a large boulder and debris that fell onto the highway and destabilized the hillside above it.

All businesses in the area remain open. Caltrans wishes to thank everyone in the Big Sur community for their continued patience and understanding during this recent slide activity. As always, safety is our top priority.

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

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.

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State of California • Department of Transportation
Today’s Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
District:​ 5 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, 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

HIGHWAY 1/CARMEL TO CAMBRIA ROADWAY – UPDATE #6

DEMOLITION WORK CLOSING HIGHWAY 1 FOR 8-HOUR DAYTIME PERIOD CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 AND THURSDAY, APRIL 5

MONTEREY COUNTY — Hwy. 1 at Pitkins Curve/Rain Rocks (Mile Marker 21.3), about 25 miles south of Big Sur, will be shut down from 8 am until 4 pm on Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5 for crane and demolition repair work, Caltrans officials today announced.

No vehicles will be allowed through the construction zone during this 8-hour period. Alternate routes in and out of Big Sur are Highways 68, 101, 46 and Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.

The highway remains closed overnight from 8 pm until 7 am daily between Limekiln Creek and Lucia until further notice.

So on both days, Highway 1 at this location will only be open to traffic from 7 am until 8 am and from 4 pm until 8 pm. One-way traffic control with flaggers will be in effect during these times.

24-Clock Schedule for Wednesday/Thursday:
8 pm to 7 am – CLOSED
7 am to 8 am – OPEN
8 am to 4 pm – CLOSED
4 pm to 8 pm — OPEN

The steep hillside above the roadway remains unstable. Inspection and removal of unstable rock continues.

Hwy. 1 was closed on March 28 at 9 am in both directions at Pitkins/Rain Rocks (MM 21.3), 25 miles south of Big Sur due to a large boulder and debris that came down just south of the ongoing rock shed project.

All businesses in the area remain open.

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

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.

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