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There is an AT&T pole and line blocking the north bound lane. AT&T ETA for crew to arrive is 15:00, or 3:00 PM to you and me. Cal-Fire and Mid-Coast or just Mid-Coast are doing traffic control (I am sick with cold so just reporting based on what I have heard). Expect delays until at least late afternoon. There are no power lines down, just OUR phone line. Let us all hope that no one decides to cut the line to re-open the road. AT&T just updated stating that they are trying to expedite a repair tech to the scene.

Expect delays.
Scott

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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Temporary Closure Notice Update:
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park will have a partial re-opening December 24. The following areas will be open: Main Camp (campsites 131-189), The Big Sur Lodge Restaurant, Store and Lodging, Buzzard’s Roost Trail, Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View Trail, Picnic areas near the day use parking lots. All other areas will remain closed.

The Pine Ridge Trail between the Big Sur Station and Sykes Hot Springs is closed until further notice. This closure also includes the Pine Ridge parking lot at the Big Sur Station. Heavy rains and large landslides have created extremely hazardous and impassable conditions. Further segments of the trail are in imminent danger of failure or collapse which could result in serious injury.
Inquire at the entrance station for further information. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Today’s Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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*

DRAINAGE CULVERT REPAIR ON HIGHWAY 1 AT VENTANA/POST RANCH IS UNDERWAY

MONTEREY COUNTY– An emergency culvert repair project on Highway 1 at Ventana/Post Ranch, two miles south of the Big Sur Park/Campgrounds began on Monday, Dec. 22 and continues this weekend, Caltrans officials have announced.

Roadwork hours are from 7 am to 5 pm weekdays under one-way traffic control with flaggers. In order to expedite the repairs, crews will also be working this Saturday and Sunday from 7 am until 4 pm (no roadwork on Christmas Day). Motorists can expect a delay not to exceed 15 minutes. Electronic message signs have been activated to alert motorists.

The purpose of this emergency project is to repair the damaged culvert and embankment erosion from the recent storms. Roadwork is necessary to ensure that all maintenance needs of the coast highway are met, and will be completed by Wednesday, Dec. 31, weather permitting.

NOTE: Access to businesses will remain open via Highway 1.

The contractor for this $300,000 project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction 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 free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

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Today’s Date: Monday, December 22, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CULVERT REPAIR PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 1 AT VENTANA/POST RANCH IS UNDERWAY

MONTEREY COUNTY– An emergency culvert repair project on Highway 1 at Ventana/Post Ranch, two miles south of the Big Sur Park/Campgrounds began today, Monday, December 22, Caltrans officials have announced.

Work hours are from 7 am to 5 pm under one-way traffic control with flaggers. No overnight or weekend work is scheduled. Motorists can expect a delay not to exceed 10 minutes. Electronic Message Boards will be activated to alert motorists.

The purpose of this emergency project is to repair the damaged culvert and embankment erosion from the recent batch of storms. Roadwork is necessary to ensure all of the maintenance needs of the coast highway area are met. Work will be completed on Wednesday, Dec. 31, weather permitting.

NOTE: Access to businesses will remain open via Hwy. 1.

The contractor for this $300,000 project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction 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 free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon
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Susana Z. Cruz
Public Information Officer/
Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas
805. 549.3138
805.549.3326–fax

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NEWS RELEASE
CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Friday, December 19, 2014
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

SLIDE REMOVAL AND DRAINAGE WORK ON HIGHWAY 1 BETWEEN MONTEREY/SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY LINE AND GORDA THIS WEEKEND

MONTEREY COUNTY– A maintenance project to remove slide material and perform drainage work will take place on a 10-mile section of Highway 1 between the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line and Gorda tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 20 and Sunday, Dec. 21, Caltrans officials have announced.

Work hours are from 7 am to 3 pm both days under one-way traffic control with flaggers. Motorists can expect a delay not to exceed 15 minutes. Electronic Message Boards will be activated to alert motorists.

The purpose of this two-day emergency project is to clean up after the recent batch of storms and will be performed by the Willow Springs and Templeton North maintenance crews. This emergency roadwork is necessary to ensure all of the maintenance needs of the coast highway area are met. Work will be completed on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21, weather permitting.

NOTE: Access to businesses will remain open via Hwy. 1 between Ragged Point and Big Sur

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction 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 free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

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12/15/14: Transition Out of Fire Season

CONTACT:
Andrew Madsen, USFS
(805) 961-5759
Alan Peters, CAL FIRE
(805) 543-4244

RELEASE DATE:
December 14, 2014

Transition out of Fire Season
San Luis Obispo County – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s San Luis Obispo Unit to transition out of fire season effective Monday, December 15, 2014, at 8 a.m.

“While we will not know if this winter will finally bring us out of this long drought, we welcome the last few wetting storms so we can take a breath from a fire season that extended from April of 2013 until now,” stated Chief Robert Lewin, CAL FIRE’s San Luis Obispo Unit Chief.

As drought conditions continue to have a hold on California, CAL FIRE is maintaining staffing that meets the current threat, as well as strategically moving resources to areas that remain at a higher threat level. CAL FIRE will also continue to monitor weather conditions closely and still has the ability to increase staffing should the weather conditions change or if there is a need to support wildfires in other areas of the State.

The 2014 fire season has been an extremely active year. Statewide CAL FIRE and firefighters from many local agencies battled over 5,500 wildfires within the State Responsibility Area that burned nearly 91,000 acres. This number is over 1,000 more wildfires this year than normal.

For more ways to prev
ent sparking a wildfire visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

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GOLETA, CA – Rain across Los Padres National Forest has provided sufficient moisture levels to transition out of High Fire Season and reduce fire restrictions on the forest effective immediately.

Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of Los Padres National Forest. A California Campfire Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). A list of Campfire Use Sites is available at all Los Padres National Forest offices.

Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of five feet in all directions; have a shovel available for preparing and extinguishing the fire; have a responsible person in attendance at all times; and extinguish the fire with water, using the “drown, stir and feel” method.

Prohibitions on smoking and target shooting in Los Padres National Forest are also being lifted.

“As we move into low fire season and reduce fire restrictions, it’s important to remember that fire can happen at any time of the year,” said Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief Carrie Landon. “I strongly encourage all visitors to exercise caution while they are enjoying the forest.”

The following fire restrictions will remain in effect:
·         Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment;
·         A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives;
·         Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times;
·         Fireworks are prohibited in Los Padres National Forest at all times and in all places.

Visitors are encouraged to call the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481
Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348
Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731
Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434
Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538

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12/13/14: HWY 1 is open

Hello Big Sur!
I just received a call from Colin Jones at Caltrans to let us know that Highway 1 is now open in both directions with no restrictions. All skate!
Still be safe out there. Rocks will continue to rain down along the steep edges of the highway.
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

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