Closure on Highway moves north to Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge, MM 45.52

Here is the announcement from Cal Trans with Photos


These three photos are of Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge Cyn Bridge (PM 45.5) from today.

***NEW INFORMATION, IMPORTANT INFO FOR LOCALS **

State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge(PM 45.5)

Due to slope movement and slippage, the Bridge column has moved–causing multiple fractures to One of the Two columns on the bridge.

Motorists may travel north on State Route 1 from Cambria to Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) or south from Carmel to Pfeiffer Cyn. Bridge (PM 45.5)

The roadway is not passable between Ragged Pt (SLO 72.87)and Dolan Pt (PM 29.70)

*LOCALS MAY TRAVEL BETWEEN DOLAN and SOUTH of PFEIFFER CYN BRIDGE (PM 45.5) AND AVOID CROSSING BRIDGE.

*BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN*

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.

Another update will be provided around noontime
tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 12, or sooner if conditions change.

Susana Z. Cruz [nature-flower-blue-motif[1]]
Caltrans District 5
Acting Manager
Public Information Office

Per CHP:
3:55 PM 6 [12] 27-D6 CT HAS LOOKED AT BRIDGE / ENGINEERS ADV IT’S COMPROMISED / EVERYONE HAS TO EVACUATE TO THE JNO IT / **THAT’S WHERE NEW CLOSURE IS AT [Shared]
3:54 PM 5 [11] 27-D6 MOVING CLOSURE TO BRIDGE DOING EMERGENCY EVACS OF SR1 DUE TO STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED [Shared]
3:25 PM 4 [10] [Notification] [CHP]-ONLY RESIDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED IN , NO LRG VEHS ALLOWED THROUGH (FOOD TRKS, ETC) [Shared]
3:24 PM 3 [8] [Notification] [CHP]-PER HEATH JOHNSTON W/ C/T, MOVING CLOSURE TO MM 45.52 (PFEIFFER CYN BRIDGE) DUE TO ISSUE W/ A BRIDGE COLUMN THEY LOCATED TODAY [Shared]

~ by bigsurkate on February 11, 2017.

20 Responses to “Closure on Highway moves north to Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge, MM 45.52”

  1. Kate, I thought it was only matter of time before a bridge would be in trouble..

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  2. Holy Moly. This is bad. Once again thanks to CT for being on it.

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  3. “The Bridge column has moved” are some pretty scary words to hear, especially when they refer to such a critical brdge!

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  4. Oh my… that is big news. I updated my map http://u.osmfr.org/m/122609/

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  5. I bet you never realized what a full time job this would be to keep that damn thing updated.

    bigsurkate

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  6. This map should win awards for its design and its ongoing management for local aid in Big Sur history/ current events.

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  7. thank you for your website, we visit your beautiful big sur often and are going to miss our camping this weekend…. but your page has been so helpful with real information on situation.
    first time to your site, look forward to seeing more…

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  8. And they built the bridge because the hillside kept slipping and taking out the road. Wonder if any of the road still exists?

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  9. Strange. These photos don’t look like they’re from the Pfeiffer bridge. Unless I’m mistaken this is it: https://goo.gl/maps/QZR6aiBMXAu

    I’m at the Post Ranch Inn awaiting further information from CT.

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  10. I want to point out that in ’83 the N column of the Dolan creek bridge dropped cracking the deck surface. I don’t remember them closing the bridge. They brought in many loads of riprap to shore up slipping pier, patched the cracked deck, put in a drain at the low spot and declared it OK. The deck repair and the dip are still plainly visible. I think Dolan bridge is much older than Pfeiffer cyn and they don’t build them like they used to… actually, maybe they build them much better than they used to with modern seismic standards. I hope they can come up with a good fix. I haven’t had sushi in almost four days.
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  11. Each bridge is different, and every soil and geology is different up and down the coast. Whether what worked at Dolan would work at Pfeiffer is anyone’s guess, but hopefully, by this afternoon we will have the engineer’s assessment.

    bigsurkate

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  12. Yes. Dolan is built differently. I’ll try to get pix later today.

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  13. Pfeiffer Ck Bridge was re-done in the early 1970’s . They cut the road on the west side of the highway in the little gully along side the hill, which had been the original road before the first bridge was built. Tight turn and slow going, but it worked. Probably have to cut it back out once again.

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  14. Thanks, Sylvia for this bit of history

    bigsurkate

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  15. what follows is NOT official info, just personal experience

    I just came back from dropping my sweeties car at the other side of bridge and while there I spoke with one of the Caltrans engineers out of Sacramento ( geez, gotta be Arden Handshys twin brother! ) and I asked about structural connections between the bridge deck and the column supporting it he explained that they are designed so that the twisting drop of the column does NOT affect or destroy the structural integrity of the bridge girders/deck. the deck appears to be ok. next question will be loads allowed ( engineers will do the math ) and then Geo-tech engineers ( who will show up tomorrow to do their preliminary thing ) who will begin the process of creating a new support column on a new base

    basically this gives a breath of optimism, we may not loose the bridge, we might possibly be able to lightly use the compromised structure until a full repair can be managed.

    fingers crossed, let’s hope!

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  16. That’s nice to know, Richard. Thanks.

    bigsurkate

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  17. Your link shows the Hiway bridge over the Big Sur river in Pfeiffer BS state park.

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  18. What link? I don’t see a link on this post, only the Cal Trans photos and the press release.

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  19. brintoneng’s comment had this link-https://goo.gl/maps/QZR6aiBMXAu at least on the email notifying me of his comment.

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  20. Ah, okay, in a comment. Glad to know. Thanks, Dave.

    bigsurkate

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