Highway Closure, 2/10/17

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Photos from today of: 1) Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 2)New Creek at North End of Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 3) Gorda (PM 10); 4) Chimney Slide (PM 19)—Cannot get to Paul’s Slide until this is cleaned up; 5) Rain Rocks (PM 21.3); 6) Paul’s at end of the day yesterday.
***SAME INFORMATION, NEW INFORMATION FOR LOCALS***
State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44). Another storm is expected today Thursday, Feb. 9.
I Motorists may travel north on State Route 1 from Cambria to Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) or south from Carmel to Nepenthe’s (PM 44).

The roadway is not passable between Ragged Pt (SLO 72.87)and Nepenthe (PM 44)

*LOCALS MAY NOT TRAVEL NORTH BETWEEN RAGGED POINT AND LUCIA RANCH (PM 31.10)…MUD CREED IS NOT PASSABLE AND CONSTRUCTION CREWS ARE NOT PRESENT TODAY…BUT LOCALS MAY TRAVEL SOUTH FROM NEPENTHE TO [SANTA] LUCIA RANCH [about 2 miles south of Esalen] (31.1) AS THERE ARE SEVERAL LOCATIONS WITH ONLY ONE LANE OPEN DUE TO ROCK/MUDSLIDES.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Our Maintenance, Geotech and Construction crews continue to work collaboratively and diligently, as much as safely possible in response to these rock/mudslides

~ by bigsurkate on February 10, 2017.

21 Responses to “Highway Closure, 2/10/17”

  1. Even after it dries out there is going to be continued danger from all the loose rocks.

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  2. Absolutely, Wally, and sometimes, that is when the biggest slides happen.

    bigsurkate

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  3. “…that is when the biggest slides happen”….suddenly, unexpectedly, and dangerously…and when you think all is well. I loved the analogy I saw somewhere that Sur “is a snake shedding its skin”….

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  4. Updated to reflect the current advisory. http://u.osmfr.org/m/122609/

    Uncertain on the exact location of “Chimney” Slide, MP 19 is just at Kirk Creek / Vincente trail. Photo appears to be about 1/2 north.

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  5. Jon, There is a left over Chimney up on the top of that ridge, and yes, it is about 1/2 mile north of Kirk Creek or there about, so Susana, who is not as familiar with this coast, would be relying on info sent her. Thanks for all you are doing with the interactive map.

    bigsurkate

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  6. “The Santa Lucias are like a snake shedding its skin…” A comment on FB by someone that Kathe Tanner will be using in her article for The Cambrian and The SLO Trib. (Not Big Sur, but the mountains.)

    bigsurkate

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  7. Just to clarify, Lucia ranch ought to be santa Lucia ranch, approximately 2 miles south of esalen, not to be confused with Lucia and the Harlan ranch, which is not accessible from any direction at this time. FYI.

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  8. Yes, I believe you are correct. As I understand it, Lucia is having its own set of issues and would not be a particularly good place to be “hanging out” unnecessarily, right now, as I saw a photo of “Lucia Point” crumbling into the sea …

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  9. Yes Kate, in referring to your and Bree’s comments, with your connections to CalTrans is it possible for you to point out to their hard-working personnel who are so dedicatedly keeping us updated how important to differentiate between Lucia (PM 23) and Santa Lucia Ranch (PM 31.1). When reading, names pop out more prominently than numbers and even those of us who know better can be fooled, egged on by wishful thinking. I was ready to jump in my car and go vist my daughter until I read more closely!

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  10. BSK, pic #5 …. How stable is that bridge near the slide, that would give me a few scary moments….

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  11. Lucia Point going into the sea? Wow.

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  12. Connie, I did mention it, and as you have already no doubt seen, she issued a correction. Susana has had her hands full since she also covers Santa Cruz and the fatality yesterday. As I get more testy due to cabin fever and rain woes (and all that entailes, I am reminding myself to be kind, slow down, and breathe.

    bigsurkate

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  13. BSK, does Santa Cruz County have a forum community similar to yours?

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  14. Thanks, Kate. Susana does a great job and I like many others are appreciative of her dedication!

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  15. Not that I am aware of.

    bigsurkate

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  16. What fatality? There was one 2 days ago at the tree across from Captain Cooper School driveway. Has there been another one since that one?

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  17. Fatality up on Highway 17, a contract Highway worker. Two were run over by a dump truck. One hospitalized and one fatality

    bigsurkate

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  18. Suzi, it may have been in Santa Cruz on Rte. 17. While listening to KOTR today there was mention of 17 closed due to slides and an investigation into yesterday’s accident. Not sure, but could be.

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  19. Yes, Lisa and Suzi, it was on 17. Terrible accident.

    bigsurkate

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  20. Thanks for that, Kate. So sad. Such dangerous work, I hate to have them out there just because we can’t seem to stay home when we’re supposed to! But I’ll be on that road tomorrow and thankful for them and all their hard work.

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  21. per pg 17A- Pine Cone Staff reporter wrote up a woman died crashing car into a tree near Captain Cooper Elementary School early on 2/6, the victim wasn’t wearing a seat belt & weather may have been a cause for the accident..

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